Canadiens, Jets react to Mark Scheifele’s brutal blow to Jake Evans: “I think it’s disgusting”
It was a scary scene in the last minute of Wednesday night’s opening game between the Jets and the Canadiens.
With the Canadians leading 4-3, Jake Evans skated full steam on the ice, grabbed a loose puck and scored an empty net with 56.9 seconds left. Immediately after giving his team a two-goal lead, however, he was equalized by the Jets’ Mark Scheifele on a hard, high and unsuspecting blow.
Evans hit the ice hard and was on the ground for a considerable amount of time. A number of medical professionals attended, including team doctors for both clubs. The 25-year-old forward – who actually hit a quarter-mark on Wednesday – was stretched out on a stretcher but gave a thumbs up as he left the ice.
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Scheifele received a five-minute charge penalty and 10-minute misconduct.
After the game, Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said Evans was still at Place Bell MTS and was being evaluated. Evans had not been taken to hospital. Ducharme also called the hit “useless” which, translated from French, means useless.
Evans’ goal in Game 1 was his first of the playoffs. In 47 games this season, he has amassed three goals and 13 points. He is now the second player to be stretchered in the playoffs, as the John Tavares of the Maple Leafs accidentally injured his knee in the face of Canadiens forward Corey Perry on May 20.
What happens next is up to the NHL Player Safety Department. They recently imposed fines and some suspensions, including thEight matches to Nazem Kadri from the Avalanche and the other day two to Ryan Reaves of the Golden Knights.
Here’s how players and coaches on both sides reacted to the blow:
– The center of the Canadians Jesperi Kotkaniemi: “I think it’s disgusting, no respect for other players.”
– Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson: “Yeah, that was a dirty trick, but the league is going to deal with it. If he comes back on the show, we’re going to make his life miserable, but I think the league is going to do a good job with that.”
– Perry: “He didn’t say anything. He was just lying there. From what they said, he was moving, but it was a scary situation.”
– Some charm : “You never want to see that, a player on the ice like that. We experienced this in Toronto with Tavares. He’s not a player in our uniform, but it’s an accident, and both parties want him to feel better. don’t feel it on the other side when it happened. “
– Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers: “Obviously, I hope he’s okay. I came back and saw that he didn’t look good. When something like that happens, there’s usually a scrum. was just trying to keep everyone away from him. In a situation like that, you don’t want someone to run into him. I was just trying to keep everyone away. “
– Jets Captain Blake Wheeler: “I just hope he’s okay.. That’s the problem. It’s never good to see a guy on the ice for that long and the stretcher out there is scary. So we just hope he does. is fine. “
– Jets coach Paul Maurice: “Well, I hope the young man is okay. It’s a very unusual game because you back up to kill a game with an empty net. You come in full speed. When Mark stopped skating he kept his arms. It’s a hard, heavy blow. There’s no doubt about it. I’m sure the league will have its opinion. “