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Paul Maurice And Matthew Tkachuk On The Mark Scheifele Injury

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Well, truth be told, if there’s a chance that superpest Matthew Tkachuk went into what looked like an innocuous collision with Scheifele in the first period of the Flames’ 4-1 win over Winnipeg with the intention of trying to slice the back of Scheifele’s leg open, then anything is possible. And after the game, Jets coach Paul Maurice made no effort to hide his feelings that that was exactly what Tkachuk did.

“It was intentional,” Maurice said of the Tkachuk hit. “It was a filthy, dirty kick to the back of (Scheifele’s) leg…(Tkachuk) went after the back of (Scheifele’s) leg. He could have cut his Achilles (tendon). He could have ended a man’s career. It was an absolutely filthy, disgusting hit.”...

For his part, Tkachuk said the hit was, “such an accident.” Tkachuk said he saw Scheifele turning away along the boards and went in for a hit and his left leg collided with Scheifele’s left leg. “I feel terrible,” Tkachuk said. “He’s a top player in the NHL and somebody I’ve come to know the last couple of summers training with Gary Roberts and he’s such a great guy. Just a top player in the league and it’s not good for the game when somebody like that isn’t in the game. It was very unfortunate and unlucky and such an accident and I feel terrible about it.”


Watch the incident below if you missed it last night.

added 11:08am, Below, watch Paul Maurice after the game.


Paul Maurice post-game...


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Hard to say.

He does keep the skafe that cut sheifeles leg in the air, aimed.towards thr leg.  You can see he loses balance and puts it back down before raising it back up before impact.

Posted by ThatGuy on 08/02/20 at 10:18 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

I don’t think that’s a motion you’d made with your skate without meaning to do it.

And it really disappoints me that there is no one out there to teach Tkachuck a lesson. Enforcers are nearly gone, and the NHL doesn’t suspend unless they need to. Someone needs to teach the brat a lesson.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/02/20 at 10:22 AM ET

SYF's avatar

“...training with Gary Roberts…”

Well, shit, there you go.  Learning from the same guy who went head hunting on Franzen knowing full well that Franzen was just coming back from a concussion.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/02/20 at 01:09 PM ET


I don’t care for the guy but I don’t think it was intentional in any way.

Posted by Ventr on 08/02/20 at 01:49 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

TK, Wheeler and Tkachuk did drop the gloves soon after, so he got some kind of lesson I suppose.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 08/02/20 at 01:51 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Here’s the video of Tkachuk answering the bell with Wheeler.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/02/20 at 02:04 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Not sure about the Tkachuk hit, but the cross-check injury Laine suffered sure as hell was intentional.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 08/02/20 at 02:29 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

there really is no reason for Curd Chuck to raise his foot like that. if he was doing so to stop his momentum into the boards then he would of injured himself.  Every hockey player knows trying to stop yourself in that manner is a no no. plus his past history should be enough to surmise his dirt bagginess.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 08/02/20 at 03:27 PM ET


Winnipeg does really have any players I know of who can
really make Tkachuk think twice. And Calgary really loaded up with
tough guys. So it’s on the league…meaning Tkachuk has a big hockey name
as a second-generation NHL player and doubtful the league will do anything.
It’s crazy to think a player would try to injure an opponent’s leg with his skate blade,
but Tkachuk no longer has the benefit of the doubt where you’d think:
surely he couldn’t have been trying to do that.

Posted by lefty.30 on 08/02/20 at 05:36 PM ET



Posted by lefty.30 on 08/02/20 at 05:37 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

I don’t care for the guy but I don’t think it was intentional in any way.

Calgary has always been a dirty team. Never cared for them. In saying that it seems hard to say or see if Tkachuk did anything intentional. gulp

Posted by bigfrog on 08/02/20 at 06:05 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

This is silly

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 08/02/20 at 06:45 PM ET


Maurice can think that all he wants, and he might be right, but as the leader of the team he needs to put the focus squarely on the next game. His players are already hearing excuses from the top. That’s not a good recipe for overcoming a huge injury (or 2).

Posted by nolan33 on 08/02/20 at 06:52 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

That was intentional.

Posted by w2j2 on 08/03/20 at 08:39 PM ET

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