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Must See: Canadiens Cole Caufield Leaves Game After Big Hit

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Montreal Canadiens forward Cole Caufield

The Montreal Canadiens’ best goal-scorer had to leave the game against the Calgary Flames on Monday night following incidental contact that caught him off guard.

Trevor Lewis levelled the sniper following a broken play in the Canadiens zone.

Caufield skated off the ice under his own power, but the Canadiens later announced he would not return to the game.

The initial play appeared as if Lewis had taken advantage of an unsuspecting opponent, but the replay clearly shows Caufield made contact with the puck and was a legal target for a hit.

What’s more, the replay also seemed to show Lewis wasn’t necessarily trying to land a hit, but rather, was in the same situation as Caufield, except he’s half a foot taller and weighs 25 more than his counterpart.

Caufield braced prior to the hit, but it wasn’t enough to prevent an injury.

The result of the incidental contact was unfortunate, but it’s hard to fault Lewis in this particular situation.

Caufield is one of the few Canadiens forwards that has the ability to drive offence, break a game wide open, and most importantly, score goals.

If he’s forced to miss any games due to a prolonged injury, the Canadiens’ depth would be put to a test and would have to rely on the bevy of underwhelming wingers in the middle-six to fill the goal-scoring gap.

But even if the majority of the veteran wingers manage to find their scoring rhythm, the Canadiens would dearly miss Caufield both at 5v5 and on the power play.

There’s no word on Caufield’s actual injury, but the procedure, in this case, is usually to pull him from the game if there’s any risk for further injury and then reevaluate the injured player at a later time.

Flames forward Chris Tanev also had to leave the game after getting hit by a puck in the second period. There has been no update on his health situation.

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