The Jets misplaced No. 1 heart Mark Scheifele to a lower-body harm within the first duration in their qualifying spherical collection opener vs. the Flames on Saturday. They mentioned Calgary agitator Matthew Tkachuk was once accountable.
Scheifele had to be helped off the ice in Edmonton after he slammed into the forums awkwardly as Tkachuk was once trailing him.
The Jets introduced in the second one duration that Scheifele would now not go back.
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Tkachuk’s popularity for chippiness left other folks wondering whether or not he intentionally lower Scheifele’s decrease leg with a skate. The Jets certain assume so.
First, Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler fought Tkachuk, who tossed off his gloves whilst skating to simply accept the invitation.
Then, Jets trainer Paul Maurice mentioned postgame that Tkachuk made a “filthy, disgusting hit” that can have ended Scheifele’s profession.
“Oh, it was once intentional,” Maurice mentioned.
“He can have lower his achilles. He can have ended the person’s profession. It’s a completely filthy, disgusting hit.”
Paul Maurice didn’t hang again when speaking concerning the Matthew Tkachuk-Mark Scheifele incident: percent.twitter.com/vRbmiv9u57
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 2, 2020
Tkachuk advised journalists postgame that he had no intent to harm Scheifele and that the harm was once an “coincidence.” From Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Solar and Calgary Usher in.
#Flames LW Matthew Tkachuk: “No, I did not really feel any touch with my skate on his in any respect. However I did really feel maximum of my physique weight and maximum of my energy went in when he grew to become. It gave the impression of his left leg were given stuck there. However at no level did my skate hit him there.”
— Kristen Anderson (@KdotAnderson) August 2, 2020
Scheifele, 27, posted 73 issues (29 targets, 44 assists) in 71 video games with Winnipeg this season, tied for many at the membership with Kyle Connor. He was once the Jets’ first draft pick out following the franchise’s transfer from Atlanta in 2011.
Winnipeg suffered every other blow within the 3rd duration when winger Patrik Laine suffered an obvious wrist or elbow harm.
Maurice advised journalists that each gamers will meet with consultants.
Calgary gained Recreation 1 of the best-of-five collection 4-1. Video games 2 and three are set for Monday and Tuesday. The collection winner will advance to the Western Convention portion of the Stanley Cup playoffs.