Canadiens announce Jake Evans will not return to Game 1 vs. Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) reaches for the puck with Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans (71) during first period NHL Stanley Cup playoff action in Toronto on Thursday, May 20, 2021. (Frank Gunn/CP)

Montreal Canadiens have announced that Jake Evans will not return to Thursday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

It is not yet clear why Evans left Game 1 in his team's first-round series. The 24-year-old forward has three goals and 13 points during the regular season.

Cole Caufield, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Alexander Romanov did not play in Game 1 on Thursday as coach Dominique Ducharme decided to dress a veteran group.

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