Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin leaves ice on stretcher after awkward collision

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin was taken off the ice on a stretcher Tuesday afternoon after an awkward collision.

The incident occurred with 1:52 left in the third period and the Columbus Blue Jackets on a power play trailing 2-0 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference qualifying-round series.

Muzzin was chasing a loose puck in the Toronto zone when he was cross-checked by Columbus’ Pierre-Luc Dubois. He bounced off the boards, lost his balance and fell headfirst into the leg of Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand.

The defenseman was able to move his arms and legs when the trainer asked. A stretcher was called for and Muzzin was taken off the ice after about 15 minutes to stick taps from both teams’ players.

The Maple Leafs said Muzzin was taken to the hospital and was alert and able to move his limbs. The Maple Leafs got an empty-net goal from Morgan Reilly for a 3-0 victory that tied the series 1-1.

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