Montreal Canadiens ahead Jake Evans was taken off the ice on a stretcher following what his teammates referred to as a “disgusting” and “soiled” hit from Winnipeg Jets middle Mark Scheifele within the closing seconds of Wednesday evening’s second-round playoff sequence opener.
With 56.9 seconds remaining in Montreal’s 5-3 Game 1 victory in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Evans scored an empty-net objective on a wrap-around from behind the Jets’ internet. As he did, Scheifele skated into him at full pace, along with his proper arm tucked to his physique, and collided with Evans. The Canadiens ahead fell arduous to the ice, with the proper aspect of his head hitting first. Evans dropped his stick and remained down as Winnipeg and Montreal gamers tangled round him.
Evans left the ice on a stretcher about eight minutes later, giving a thumbs-up signal. Scheifele was given a five-minute main for charging and a recreation misconduct.
Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme stated Evans had not been taken to the hospital however was below analysis.
“I feel it is fairly apparent they are going to take a look at the incident, and we’re assured that the league goes to make the proper determination,” Ducharme stated.
“It was a unclean hit. However the league’s going to handle it. If he will get again within the sequence, we will make his life depressing,” Edmundson stated.
Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice bristled when informed about that remark.
“The gamers will type issues out on the ice,” he stated. “Nobody would ever be silly sufficient to say something premeditated going into the following recreation.”
Recreation 2 of the best-of-seven sequence is Friday evening in Winnipeg.
Evans, 24, had discovered a spot within the Montreal lineup in the course of the playoffs as a winger with middle Phillip Danault and winger Brendan Gallagher, a trio that performed an important function within the Canadiens’ upset win over the Toronto Maple Leafs within the first spherical.
“It is powerful. It is an enormous win for us, but it surely was emotional on the market in the long run,” stated Canadiens winger Corey Perry. “We’ll speak to him and see how he is doing.”