Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after a collision with Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand late in Game 2 of their qualifying series Tuesday.
The injury occurred behind the Maple Leafs net with less than two minutes to go in the game. As Muzzin chased the puck behind the net, he was knocked down to the ice by Pierre-Luc Dubois. Muzzin attempted to stand while still sliding along the ice and as he did so, his head collided with Bjorkstrand’s legs.
A trainer came out to look at Muzzin, who attempted to stand after the collision. But after he couldn’t stand, the trainer helped Muzzin lay down on his back and the stretcher was quickly brought out. Muzzin’s eyes were open and he could be seen moving his arms and legs while laying on the ice.
In his post-game press conference, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said Muzzin was responsive and taken to a local hospital.
The 31-year-old is an important member of the Maple Leafs’ blue line. In 53 games this season he had 23 points, a plus-12 rating and 40 penalty minutes.