Mathieu Perreault, supposed to be banned, injured while boarding


It was a night of hits and injuries in the NHL. Previously, Jake Muzzin of Toronto was kicked off the ice after performing a suspicious cross-check on Pierre-Luc Dubois. Winnipeg later Mathieu Perreault left the Jets-Flames game after taking an uncertain hit in the boards of the Calgary forward Sam Bennett.Halfway through the game, with the Jets trailing, Perreault seeks possession in front of the Calgary bench. Perreault flies over the puck and slows down in a vulnerable position, but Bennett ends his control anyway. Perreault falls on the boards, then writhes in pain. His teammate Cody Eakin finally helps him out of the ice.

There was no penalty on the play, although Brian Burke thought the league might ask for additional discipline.

Perreault tried to skate before the third period but did not return to play.

Perreault scored seven goals and eight assists in a 48-game regular season, which was cut short by an upper-body injury he sustained in January. It is supposed to be banned.

The Jets are besieged by injuries. Mark Scheifele is absent with a leg injury, Patrik Laine with a wrist and Mason Appleton with an undisclosed illness. Earlier in the same game, defender Tucker Poolman was injured blocking a shot with his face but returned to end the game in a face shield full of blood.

After losing 6-2 to the Flames on Tuesday, the Jets are now trailing in the two-to-one series.


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