(UPDATE , 7:25 p.m. ET): According to SportsNet’s Chris Johnston, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said Muzzin was
taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
The Leafs also issued an update:
Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin was transported to hospital following an on-ice collision in the third period tonight. He is alert and able to move all limbs. Further updates will be provided once available.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) August 4, 2020
(ORIGINAL STORY): A scary scene unfolded in the final two minutes of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ qualifying Game 2 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin chased the puck behind his team’s net when he was cross-checked by Pierre-Luc Dubois. As Muzzin was trying to regain his balance he fell awkwardly into Oliver Bjorkstrand’s legs.
Muzzin tried to stand but was unable to, and a team trainer helped him lay flat on his back as a stretcher was brought out.
You can watch the collision here.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs show support for Jake Muzzin as he is taken off the ice on a stretcher. pic.twitter.com/9qoctxBs7K
— #StanleyCup Qualifiers on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) August 4, 2020
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 4, 2020
Fortunately, Muzzin was seen moving his legs and had his eyes open as he was being stretchered off the ice.
The Maple Leafs tied the series with Columbus with a 3-0 win.