It wasn’t the Winnipeg Jets’ 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues that caught the attention of the Manitoba club’s players on Sunday, but rather the state of health of forward Andrew Copp.
In the third period, he was hit quite high by Oskar Sundqvist when he was not expecting it. No penalty was awarded on the streak and Copp was able to leave the ice surface under his own power. However, he did not return to the game afterwards.
« I think you have to be very careful with a player with a history [de commotions cérébrales] and we didn’t want to take any chances,” Jets interim head coach Dave Lowry said during post-game press conferences.
“I saw two players collide in the neutral zone. So it was a battle for possession of the puck. I thought the kick was high, but it happened very quickly. They [les arbitres] judged that it did not deserve a penalty.
« We’re obviously worried, » captain Blake Wheeler said. It is this type of event that gives food for thought. He is a young man and this situation is more important than hockey. We are worried about him. I hope he is feeling well. »
Scheifele gets involved
After Sundqvist’s blow and Copp’s departure, Jets forward Mark Sheifele headed to the Blues bench to cheer on his opponents.
The center player did not want to reveal what he said to the Blues.
“I saw a guy on my team get hit and have to leave. […] I didn’t see the shot. So I didn’t know if it was a stupid gesture or not. But I think someone had to go out there and tell them something. »
After the incident, the Jets scored twice and then found a way to win in overtime. The organization is expected to provide an update on Copp’s condition on Tuesday ahead of the matchup against the Golden Knights in Vegas.