NHL ref hit by Maple Leafs’ Clarkson, leaves game

It’s been a tough week for NHL officials.

Seven days ago, referee Mike Leggo lost his lunch on the ice. On Friday, Dean Morton found himself on the wrong end of a David Clarkson collision.

Morton had to leave the ice after taking this nasty fall early in the first period in the Blue Jackets-Maple Leafs game.

Clarkson was carrying the puck in his zone along the boards, to avoid Clarkson Morton jumped but he was clipped on the way up and he fell awkwardly on his back/neck area. Morton laid there for a bit in obvious discomfort before being helped off the ice.

The game moved on with just one official, Marc Joannette, as Morton was looked at by medical staff. When Leggo left his game due to sickness, it also carried on with the traditional three-official system.

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