Maple Leafs John Tavares leaves on a stretcher after collision – Reuters

Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares was stretchered off the ice after a major accident during Game 1 of Torontos first-round Stanley Cup playoff series versus the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.
Midway through the very first period, Tavares was bodychecked to the ice by Montreal defenseman Ben Chiarot. Tavares fell right into the path of Canadiens forward Corey Perry, who leapt to avoid and attempt Tavares, but Perrys knee struck the Leafs forward in the head.
Fitness instructors from both groups participated in to Tavares, who seemed to be attempting to get to his feet however was clearly dazed. Tavares raised a thumbs-up gesture as he was wheeled off the ice.
Tavares was playing in his 37th profession playoff game and his 13th considering that signing a free-agent contract with Toronto prior to the 2018-19 season. Tavares scored 50 points (19 objectives, 31 helps) over 56 games during the regular season.
– Field Level Media
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