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After being taken off the ice on a stretcher, it’s not yet clear if Jake Evans will need to be hospitalized after a vicious Mark Scheifele hit. It’s clear that Jets and Canadiens players had opinions about the Scheifele hit on Evans from Game 1, even if some were more willing to share them than others.

(You can watch the Scheifele – Evans hit in the video above.)

Jets, Canadiens react to Scheifele hit on Evans from Game 1

Of all the Scheifele – Evans hit reactions so far, Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson probably gave the boldest comment.

“It was a dirty hit. But the league’s going to take care of it,” Edmundson said, via ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski. “If he gets back in the series, we’re going to make his life miserable.”

Jesperi Kotkaniemi called the hit “disgusting,” but tried to stay measured with his overall response. Meanwhile, Brendan Gallagher said that Scheifele should “know better.”

Jets coach Paul Maurice started by saying that he hopes Jake Evans is OK. It might be notable that his defense of the hit was fairly muted.

JETS VS. CANADIENS series livestream link

Game 1: Canadiens 5, Jets 3
Game 2: Fri. June 4: Canadiens at Jets, 7:30 p.m. ET (USA Network)
Game 3: Sun. June 6: Jets at Canadiens, 6 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
Game 4: Mon. June 7: Jets at Canadiens, 8 p.m. ET (NHL Network)
*Game 5: Wed. June 9: Canadiens at Jets TBD
*Game 6: Fri. June 11: Jets at Canadiens TBD
*Game 7: Sun. June 13: Canadiens at Jets TBD

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