The incident involving Muzzin, one of only two players on the Toronto roster to have won a Stanley Cup, cast a pall over an otherwise encouraging performance by the Maple Leafs.
With the Leafs killing a penalty, Muzzin took a crosscheck from Columbus centre Pierre-Luc Dubois before stumbling and jamming his head/neck into the leg of Blue Jackets winger Oliver Bjorkstrand.
After exchanging shutouts in the first two games of their best-of-five Eastern Conference qualifying series, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets are both looking to generate more offense in Game 3 on Thursday in Toronto. Defenceman Jake Muzzin was taken to the hospital following a scary on-ice collision that left him motionless. He will remain in quarantine at the hotel and look to rejoin his teammates upon recovery. Stick with us on NBA.com for updates on the Raptors playoff schedule, which will be provided as soon as they become available. Merlikins posted a 13-9-8 record in 33 games (31 starts) to go along with a 2.35 GAA and.923 save percentage, both of which are a notch better than Korpisalo's season-long numbers (2.60, .911).
"His playoff mentality, he has experience. He has played in these games before, so that will be missed". Matthews said. "We came out with a strong push to start the game and I think just the communication factor was there tonight for us and a full effort throughout the lineup".
Keefe didn't make changes to his lines at practice on Wednesday. "Every single player is valuable and Muzz certainly is among the most valuable and important people, but I also believe that everybody's replaceable".
"We think that Marty brings some of the elements that Muzz brings".
This is the first known instance of a player being taken to hospital following an in-game injury since the National Hockey League started to play in the bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton.
"We were quicker, and not just necessarily the way we were moving our feet", Tavares said.
Dermott will have to continue that theme starting on Thursday.
"Toronto played a really good game", said always-fiery Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella. "But when we're playing like that, we have so much belief in each other, and with the type of team we have, that eventually it's going to pay off". "I think that was the biggest difference", Foligno said. "Listen, we're going to prepare to play the game".