Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Schiefel was suspended for four games by the NHL Thursday night for a crushing late hit on Montreal’s Jake Evans in Game 1 of the second-round series.
NEW YORK – Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Schiefel was suspended for four games by the NHL Thursday night for a late hit on Jake Evans of Montreal in Game 1 of the second-round series.
Evans was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 57 seconds on Wednesday night in Montreal’s 5-3 win, after suffering a head and shoulder area injury shortly after hitting an empty-net goal. Evans chased the puck to the back of the net, tightly circled around the goal cage and scored just before Scheifel crashed into the snow. Scheifele was given a major for charging and a sports misconduct.
Evans sustained a concussion. He was not taken to the hospital.
The NHL Department of Player Safety stated that Schefiele “violently and with undue force at Evans ends his check, making significant head contact and causing injury in the process.”
“It is clear to our department that their intent in this place is to give an opponent a hard, violent check with the result of the game and the game’s pre-decided play,” the player security department said.
Best of Seven Series is Game 2 on Friday night in Winnipeg.