John Tavares released from the hospital after horrifying head injury

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May 20, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs medical staff attend to forward John Tavares (91) after a collision with Montreal Canadiens forward Corey Perry (not pictured) during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

John Tavares has been released from the hospital after being taken off the ice on a stretcher. The Maple Leafs captain suffered a serious injury after incidental contact with Corey Perry. During game one against the Canadiens, Tavares was hit by Ben Chiarot. He lost his balance and fell backwards, his head made contact with Perry’s knee causing a serious head/neck injury.

The moment grew more horrifying as Toronto’s medical staff tried to get Tavares back up. That’s when a stretcher was called for as panic was visibly seen on Leafs GM Kyle Dubas. Fortunately, Tavares gave the thumbs up sign as he was being taken away. Both the Leafs and Canadiens players were showing their support for Tavares.

John Tavares released from the hospital

In a statement released by the Maple Leafs they note that Tavares is doing well after leaving the hospital.

Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares has been discharged from the hospital the morning. He was thoroughly examined and assessed by the neurosurgical team at St. Michael’s Hospital and the club’s medical director. He was kept overnight for observation and is now resting at home under the care and supervision of team physicians. Tavares will be out indefinitely.

Corey Perry was sick to his stomach

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May 20, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91) his hit by Montreal Canadiens forward Corey Perry (94) after falling during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The accidental collision with Corey Perry’s knee caused head and neck trauma to the Leafs captain who was bleeding on the side of his head. Perry after the game said he was “sick to his stomach.” Perry made sure to go over to Tavares as he held his thumb up in the air and tapped his leg for support.

“I’ve experienced a lot of different things, a whole lot of tough injuries and stuff like that in my time as a player and as a coach, but in an empty building like that, that was probably the most uncomfortable situation that I’ve been a part of on the ice,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “It was tough to get through. Our players were rattled and concerned.”

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