Wednesday: Muzzin was discharged from the hospital overnight but according to the Maple Leafs, he will not be available for the duration of the series against the Blue Jackets as a result of his injury. He will remain in quarantine within the hotel before rejoining teammates “upon recovery.”
This is a huge blow for the Maple Leafs as they try to defeat Columbus in the qualification round, but the entire hockey world can breathe a sigh of relief that Muzzin has been discharged and is on the road to recovery.
Tuesday: Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin has been taken to hospital after suffering what appeared to be a neck injury late in their 3-0 victory over Columbus to tie the series at one apiece. The team released the following statement via their Twitter account:
Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin was transported to hospital following an on-ice collision in the third period tonight. He is alert and able to move all limbs. Further updates will be provided once available.
The incident occurred with roughly two minutes remaining in regulation. After taking a cross-check from Pierre-Luc Dubois, Muzzin bounced off the boards while on his knees. However, his head collided with Oliver Bjorkstrand while in that position which caused the injury. Muzzin tried to get up on his own but team doctors eventually decided to take him off on a stretcher as a precaution.
This is the first known instance of a player being taken to hospital following an in-game injury since the NHL started to play in the bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton. Accordingly, there are some questions as to how long Muzzin may have to miss as a result of leaving the bubble although, of course, at this point, the focus is simply on making sure he’s okay first and foremost. While the usual process would be four negative tests in as many days, TSN’s Frank Seravalli notes (Twitter link) that there is no set protocol in place for this scenario. Instead, it will be up to the Hub Medical Director who will decide based on Muzzin’s exposure outside of the bubble.