The first playoff series between the Original 6 rival Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens has already gotten off to a scary start.
Maple Leafs captain John Tavares was accidentally struck in the head by the knee of Canadiens forward Corey Perry, causing Tavares immediate distress. Team trainers soon motioned for additional help as it was clear that Tavares was seriously hurt.
John Tavares was stretchered off the ice after taking an inadvertent knee to the head.
He gave a thumbs up as he was leaving the ice.
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Thankfully, Tavares was seen giving a thumbs up gesture as he was carted off the ice.