The Toronto Maple Leafs are having a bad time Game 6 of their first round series against the Boston Bruins in the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals. It was a huge chance for the Leafs to send the Boston Bruins packing as they game into the game with a 3 - 2 lead in the series but unfortunately for fans in Toronto it has been all Bruins thus far in the game.
The Maple Leafs opened the scoring thanks to Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly picking up his first goal of the playoffs at an extremely opportune time, but a series of bad penalties from Maple Leafs forward Tyler Ennis and Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott would result in a pair of Bruins power plays which in turn resulted in a pair of Boston Bruins' goals. That currently leaves the Boston Bruins with a 3 - 1 lead after 2 periods of play and unfortunately for the Maple Leafs the bad news does not start there.
During the second period Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Ron Hainsey was the victim of a check, or perhaps more of a push, from Boston Bruins forward Noel Acciari and fell into the boards awkwardly. The broadcast crew commented on the incident at the time that it happened but Hainsey bounced right back up and got back into the play so it seemed like everything was fine. Hainsey however would leave the game a few minutes later and outside of that push from Acciari there does not really seem to be anything else that could have resulted in an injury for Hainsey.
Now initially you could have argued that Hainsey was headed to the Maple Leafs locker room for an equipment adjustment or something relatively minor but given the sheer length of time that he has been absent for during a playoff game makes me wonder what may be going on. I suppose it is possible that the National Hockey League's concussion spotters flagged him for an inspection in the back, but there appeared to be no head contact on the play so I believe that to be highly unlikely.
Stay tuned for more as we will be keeping you up to date.
Update: Hainsey emerges from the Maple Leafs locker room, albeit several minutes later, and appears to be ok.