John Tavares injury update: Maple Leafs captain escaped the ice after kneeling in the head
Maple Leafs captain John Tavares was whisked off the ice on a stretcher after sustaining a frightening injury in his team’s Stanley Cup playoff game against the Canadiens on Thursday.
Corey Perry of Montreal skated in Tavares just after Tavares was put on the ice by defenseman Ben Chiarot. Perry’s knee made contact with Tavares’ head. The contact appeared to be accidental.
Tavares was immediately taken care of by Leafs coaching staff. It was as if he was unable to control his body movements.
Tavares was placed on a stretcher as his teammates gathered around him to support him and the Canadiens players looked on with concern. Perry approached him in a sporting gesture. Tavares gave a boost as he left the ice.
The Maple Leafs and Canadiens have shown their support for John Tavares after a frightening collision in Toronto.
Tavares threw his thumbs up as he lay on a stretcher. pic.twitter.com/1OpiVLXmOu
– Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 21, 2021
The Leafs said Tavares was taken to hospital.
Tavares, 30, was third for the North Division champion Leafs with 50 regular season points (19 goals, 31 assists).
Canadians and many others in the hockey world have expressed hope that Tavares will be okay.
We are troubled by the terrible accident involving John Tavares and send him our best thoughts.
We would like to express our concern for John Tavares and send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
– Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) May 21, 2021
91 🙏🏻 💙
– Doug Gilmour (@douggilmour) May 21, 2021
At this point, I just hope Tavares is medically okay. It is a “game comes secondary” injury. One of the scariest things I have ever seen for a Leafs player.
– Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) May 21, 2021
I send our thoughts and best wishes to John Tavares, who was sidelined from tonight’s Leafs-Canadiens game after taking a knee to the head. pic.twitter.com/F2I2uwJJnz
– Islander Videos (@SNY_Islanders) May 21, 2021
Please agree, John Tavares.
– John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) May 21, 2021
I don’t know what to say except I hope Tavares is well. It was scary.
– Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) May 21, 2021