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.
Perry and Foligno live by code. Whether you like it or not. I would suggest Perry stepped in and just took a few shots.
I’m sorry, but there’s no way what happened to Tavares was intentional.
– Eric Engels (@EricEngels) May 21, 2021
No way it was a 100% accident, Perry / Tavares.
No question either: in the game, Perry has no change and accidentally injures someone.
So the Foligno fight, and Keefe arguing with the referees.
– Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) May 21, 2021
So Foligno fights Perry over Tavares’ accidental injury. What a stupid, insignificant reaction. There was no intention to hurt or Perry’s part.
– Spector Hockey (@SpectorsHockey) May 21, 2021
Dude, I understand what Foligno is doing here but what’s the point. Nothing Perry could do on this room.
– Down turns brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 21, 2021
How is Perry’s role in Tavares’ situation even a debate? It was clearly accidental. Foligno hasn’t seen the reruns we did, so I got his reaction on the ice at the time, and Perry replied that he was a pro. But there’s no way he’s trying to hurt her. # Leaves #Habs
– Roger Lajoie (@ TheRog590) May 21, 2021
How ridiculous is that? I understand the “code” and love Foligno, but Perry felt as bad as anyone for accidentally bringing Tavares to his knees in the head. So now he has to fight? Just stupid
– Don Brennan (@SunDoniB) May 21, 2021