There was a terrifying hit at the end of tonight’s NHL playoff game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Winnipeg Jets.
Jake Evans, a 25-year-old center for the Montreal Canadiens, was on the receiving end of a brutal hit by the Winnipeg Jets late in the third period on Wednesday night.
The Canadiens center was leveled by Jets center Mark Scheifele with less than a minute to play in Game 1 of the second round playoff series.
Evans was knocked down hard with the hit. He was down on the ice for several minutes.
A dangerous hit from Mark Scheifele knocks Jake Evans unconscious pic.twitter.com/D6dOxFqxsJ
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) June 3, 2021
Thankfully, Evans appeared to be conscious as he was stretcher off of the ice. He was able to give some fist bumps to his teammates.
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) June 3, 2021
Evans suffered a head injury in last year’s playoffs.
Jake Evans suffered a head injury last playoffs. This is horrible to see.
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) June 3, 2021
Scheifele was given a five-minute major penalty for the hit, though many fans are calling for a harsher punishment. It will be interesting to see if the NHL opts for a suspension moving forward.
What is Mark Scheifele thinking there. Geez.
Hope Jake Evans is ok.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 3, 2021
The Canadiens won Game 1 of the second round series, 5-3.
Game 2 of the second round series is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. E.T.