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WERENSKI, BLUE JACKETS SHOW CLASS FOLLOWING TUESDAY LOSS TO LEAFS

Every now and again, something happens in the game of hockey that reminds you that some things are just more important than the game itself. On Tuesday, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski reminded us all of that with some comments he made following the team's 3-0 loss against the Maple Leafs. A game in which Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin had to be carted out on a stretcher.

"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Jake Muzzin. No hockey game is as important as someone's health, so we're thinking of him right now."

What an unbelievable showing of class by a young player like Werenski during what is certainly a difficult time for his team, given the fact that the Leafs put together a full 60-minute effort against his Blue Jackets and knotted the series up at 1 game apiece. Being able to put things like that aside to send well wishes and positive vibes to a guy who spend the duration of the game trying to steamroll him and his teammates is a pretty big character move.

Muzzin had played over 17 minutes in the contest prior to being shoved toward the end boards by Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois on the penalty kill in the dying minutes of the game. What should have been somewhat of a harmless play turned scary when Muzzin stumbled, falling head first into the knee of Oliver Bjorkstrand, causing his neck to bend in an odd way, resulting in a stoppage in play so that medical staff could tend to the injured rearguard.

Muzzin had control of his extremities and was alert and communicating with medical personnel prior to being stretchered off of the ice, but the extent of his injury is not known at this time. This is going to be a tough loss for the Leafs to rebound from if Muzzin misses any length of time.

Kudos to Zach Werenski and the Blue Jackets players and staff for showing respect, great sportsmanship and concern for a fellow warrior. After all, that's what the game is all about.

MIKE ARMENTI
AUGUST 4, 2020  (21H10)
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