After injury to John Tavares of the Maple Leafs, Nick Foligno faces Corey Perry of the Canadiens; Twitter asks why

After injury to John Tavares of the Maple Leafs, Nick Foligno faces Corey Perry of the Canadiens;  Twitter asks why

Maple Leafs Captain John Tavares was injured in a scary game Thursday night in the team’s Northern Division opener against the Canadiens.

After being knocked down by Ben Chiarot in the neutral zone in the first half, the helpless Tavares was crushed in the face by Corey Perry’s knee.

So like any good teammate, Nick Foligno ditched the gloves with Perry on the next face-off.

But was that the right call for the Canadiens forward to answer the bell? Maybe not. The room looked 100% accidental. Admittedly, Foligno only saw this happen in real time.

Now, does Perry have the cleanest record? No, he has accumulated a summary of hurting the opposition – notably be launched just minutes from the 2020 Winter Classic after nudging Predators’ Ryan Ellis in the head and giving fans the the longest walk of shame in NHL history in the locker room. Perry has been suspended for five games by the NHL Player Safety Department.

Of course, hockey Twitter weighed in on whether the fight was justified or necessary.



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