Maple Leafs’ Jake Muzzin stretchered off with obvious neck harm

It was a scary scene at Scotiabank Area on Tuesday afternoon as Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin was stretched off late within the third interval.

With Toronto on the penalty kill, the Blue Jackets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois cross-checked Muzzin from behind when he was about to go across the again of his personal web.

Muzzin went down on one knee alongside the boards as he performed the puck and, as he tried to rise up, appeared to hit a rut with the entrance of his skate and fell awkwardly into the leg of Columbus’ Oliver Bjorkstrand.

The veteran’s head and neck gave the impression to be impacted within the collision, ensuing within the stretcher popping out; he was seen opening and shutting his palms and shifting his legs after the incident and head coach Sheldon Keefe stated he was “responsive” on the hospital.

“Seeing a man like Jake, that everybody cares about, he is very well-loved within the locker room,” stated netminder Frederik Andersen. “Being as robust as [he is], it is actually exhausting to see him being informed to put down and never transfer…we’re simply enthusiastic about him and ensuring that every one the correct steps are being taken and hopefully get better quickly.”

“He does a giant half for this group: penalty kill, even energy in opposition to one of the best gamers, in opposition to the opposite group,” added Mitch Marner, who was on the ice when Muzzin obtained harm. “He actually does imply lots to us so, you understand, form of being beside him there when he did go down, keep down clearly it is just a little worrisome.”

With out followers in attendance, it was extremely quiet inside the world as each groups seemed on with concern. As Muzzin was stretchered off, each groups tapped their sticks.

“Seeing certainly one of your teammates go down, particularly a man like Muzz, you understand the kind of warrior he’s. I feel what he brings to our group is unmeasurable,” stated captain John Tavares. “Clearly very robust. All indicators have been very optimistic being round him and good to shut it out for him however definitely robust to see, particularly simply how a lot we love that man.”

The harm got here with slightly below two minutes left within the Maple Leafs 3-Zero win over Columbus, night the qualifying spherical sequence at 1. Sport Three is Thursday at eight p.m. ET.

Ought to he get better this postseason, Muzzin would want to quarantine earlier than coming again to the NHL bubble. It is unclear how lengthy that course of would take.