The Winnipeg Jets might be with out considered one of their high gamers for the majority of their second-round collection with the Montreal Canadiens. And for good motive, too.
On Thursday night, the NHL Division of Participant Security introduced that they’ve suspended Jets ahead, Mark Schiefele for 4 video games for his harmful hit to the pinnacle of Montreal’s Jake Evans. The hit, which occurred shortly after Evans scored an empty-net aim to safe the Canadiens’ game-one victory late within the third interval, left the ahead mendacity immobile on the ice earlier than ultimately being taken off on a stretcher. Evans was reportedly taken again to the Canadiens’ lodge and is “doing tremendous” and “alert”, based on John Shannon. Fortunately, it seems as if he narrowly prevented severe harm.
This suspension serves as the primary of Schiefele’s eight-year NHL profession. Such a unclean hit to the pinnacle of an unassuming opponent appears to this point outdoors of his typical character, and but, mustn’t diminish the seriousness of what Schiefele did.
The Jets already face the monumental job of erasing a 1-0 collection deficit with two video games in hostile territory on the docket following recreation two. That may be tough sufficient by itself. Now, nonetheless, they are going to be compelled to claw their manner again with out arguably their finest ahead – Nikolai Ehlers may need one thing to say about that – due to a very pointless low-cost shot with the sport already wrapped up.
Reasonably than shouldering the sting of defeat and channeling that fireside right into a dominant response in recreation two, Schiefele took issues into his personal fingers in what amounted to a egocentric pursuit of revenge, finally leaving his group at a definite drawback.