Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares was helped off the ice by teammates Monday night, but returned moments later.
With just over halfway to go in the third period, Tavares appeared to take a shot from teammate Rasmus Sandin to the back of his left leg. He immediately hit the ice and was writhing in pain.
His teammates Nick Robertson and William Nylander helped him off the ice, but Tavares couldn’t put weight on his left leg. The Leafs captain, however, returned to the ice a few minutes later.
When he left, Tavares was in the middle of a solid game for the Leafs. He assisted on a second-period goal from William Nylander and has two shots on goal. Passing 58.8% in the face-off circle before leaving, Tavares had played 12:15 of ice time.
He was coming off a two-goal performance on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets and, including Monday night’s game, had eight points in seven games so far this season. Although it’s far too early for definitive point projections, Tavares paces for 93 points.
Zach Laing is the News Director and Senior Columnist for the Nation Network. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaingor attached by email to [email protected]