Jets blame Mark Scheifele's Game 1 injury on Flames' Matthew Tkachuk  08/02/2020 05:35:28   Tom Gatto @tgatt_tsn

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The Jets lost No. 1center Mark Scheifele to a lower-body injuryin the first period of their qualifying round series opener vs. the Flames on Saturday. They said Calgary agitator Matthew Tkachuk was responsible.

Scheifele needed to be helped off the ice in Edmonton after he slammed into the boards awkwardly as Tkachuk was trailing him.

 Joe Pascucci (@Pascucci015) August 2, 2020

The Jets announced in the second period that Scheifele would not return.

Mark Scheifele is helped off the ice.

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Tkachuk's reputation for chippiness leftpeople questioning whether he deliberately cut Scheifele's lower leg with a skate. The Jets sure think so.

First,Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler fought Tkachuk, who tossed off his gloves while skating to accept the invitation.

Then, Jets coach Paul Maurice said postgame that Tkachuk made a "filthy, disgusting hit" that could have ended Scheifele's career.

"Oh, it was intentional," Maurice said.

He could have cut his achilles. He could have ended the mans career. Its an absolutely filthy, disgusting hit.

Paul Maurice did not hold back when talking about the Matthew Tkachuk-Mark Scheifele incident:

 Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 2, 2020

Tkachuk told reporterspostgame that he had no intent to hurt Scheifele and that the injurywas an "accident." From Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald.

#Flames LW Matthew Tkachuk: "No, I didn't feel any contact with my skate on his at all. But I did feel most of my body weight and most of my power went in when he turned. It looked like his left leg got caught there. But at no point did my skate hit him there."

 Kristen Anderson (@KdotAnderson) August 2, 2020

Scheifele, 27, posted 73 points (29 goals, 44 assists) in 71 games with Winnipeg this season, tied for most on the club with Kyle Connor. He was the Jets' first draft pick following the franchise's move from Atlanta in 2011.

Winnipeg suffered another blow in the third period whenwinger Patrik Laine suffered an apparent wrist or elbow injury.

Maurice told reporters that both players will meet with specialists.

Calgary won Game 1 of thebest-of-five series 4-1. Games 2 and 3 areset for Monday and Tuesday.The serieswinner will advance to the Western Conference portion of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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