Last night was the beginning of the long awaited playoff rematch of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. The last time these two teams faced off in a playoff game was 42 years ago in 1979. The game was a very close one with the Habs eking out a win 2-1. The game winner was a fabulous short handed effort by Paul Byron.
PAUL BYRON. SHEEEEEEESH. 🤯 #StanleyCup
— NHL (@NHL) May 21, 2021
It sounds like I’m rooting for the Habs, and I am only because I hate the Leafs and their fans just that much more. The joy which I get from watching the Leafs drop the first round is just too great. And believe me, rooting for anything other than Team Meteor in this case is probably not the right thing to do but I’ve never been accused of being right.
Now that we got all of this out of the way, it’s time to turn to the horrific incident that occurred earlier in the game. Just past the middle of the first period, John Tavares was checked by Habs defenseman Ben Chiarot in a routine manner, which caused him to lose his balance and fall to the ice. Unfortunately, Corey Perry was entering the zone and could not get out of the way in time and his knee collided with Tavares’ head. Tavares needed a stretcher to leave the ice safely.
Oh no… very scary situation in Toronto. Prayers up for John Tavares 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/GbvG3lflzl
— Sideline Daily (@sideline_daily) May 21, 2021
corey perry went over to john tavares while he was getting stretchered out. not sure what was said, but respect to corey for doing that 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/OShv8HTpAp
— x – ✰ava✰ (@goaIcaufield) May 21, 2021
It’s weird defending noted shitbag Corey Perry, but he really didn’t intend to do anything to injure here. He felt terrible and later postgame would describe his feeling sick to his stomach when watching the replay. When Nick Foligno wanted to fight him, he didn’t even throw a punch.
— CBJ Coverage (@CBJcoverage) May 21, 2021
“I honestly felt sick to my stomach when I saw it.”
Corey Perry says he will reach out to John Tavares after colliding with the Leafs’ captain. pic.twitter.com/u2HeJQy73B
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) May 21, 2021
During the game, the Maple Leafs confirmed that Tavares had been transported to the hospital and that he will remain there overnight.
Leafs confirm John Tavares has been transported to hospital.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 21, 2021
Sheldon Keefe says John Tavares is conscious and communicating well…will remain in hospital overnight. Tests have come back “clear.”
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 21, 2021
Sounds like the news is pretty good, all things considered. Get better soon, John Tavares.