The city of Toronto was already tense on Thursday with a playoff spot on the line. Add in a brief scare to their star player, and you could have heard crickets throughout the Toronto area.
Jake Dotchin goes for Auston Matthews' knees in the first period. Some things never change, apparently.. pic.twitter.com/x9zS4EFFtw— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 7, 2017
It’s a bad hit from Dotchin, who stands up Matthews at the blue line with the puck nowhere near in sight. The hit wasn’t penalized, either, which made for some very mad Maple Leafs fans.
The hit even worried Matthews’ mom, who is in attendance as the Maple Leafs chase a playoff berth!
Jake Dotchkin knee on Auston Matthews. Parents react accordingly. pic.twitter.com/Qrac6isrrV— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 7, 2017
Matthews was alright after the play, and was out on the ice just minutes after the hit.