Leafs' Jake Muzzin taken to hospital with apparent neck injury

Ross Houston
August 6, 2020

It was a scary scene at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday afternoon as Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin was stretched off late in the third period. Game 4 is Thursday night in Toronto. "He really does mean a lot to us".

The quietest Stanley Cup Playoffs in history fell silent in those 10 minutes from the moment Jake Muzzin fell awkwardly to the ice until he was removed on a stretcher. Muzzin was cross-checked by Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, then took an awkward fall into the back of Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstand's leg. Dubois was not called for a penalty on the play. "Obviously very tough. All signs were very positive being around him and nice to close it out for him but certainly tough to see, especially just how much we love that guy".

"No hockey game is as important as someone's health", Werenski said.

"When you see one of your teammates go down, especially a guy like (Jake), you know the type of warrior he is. I think what he brings to our team is unmeasurable", said captain John Tavares. You could hear absolutely everything inside an empty building, including medical personnel that were able to communicate with an alert Muzzin while instructing him to lie back and remain still. The player would be required to quarantine in his hotel room until the testing requirements have been fulfilled.

Muzzin was eventually taken off of the ice on a stretcher, but both the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets benches both seemed visibly rattled by the situation. They outshot Columbus 39-20 and dominated the contest from start to finish. Blue Jackets, 8 p.m. ET - NBCSN Friday, Aug. 7: Maple Leafs vs.

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