After the game Leafs coach Mike Babcock didn't wanting to comment on the play, saying that kind of stuff is up to the league. When asked about Marincin's statuus he hinted that he was not seriously injured. "He'll be good," he said. The game was chippy, and also featured this hit by Leo Komarov on Flames star Johnny Gaudreau: Gaudreau was shaken up on the play, left the game, but returned. "I feel fine," he said after the game. "It's part of hockey--you're going to get hit every once in a while. He said he went through concussion protocol and checked out fine.
If you look closely at Matthew Tkachuk's motion, he appears to swing his stick into Marincin's chest at the same time as the slewfoot. pic.twitter.com/jxr1QqwW0N— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 24, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Watch: Tkachuk Slewfoots Marincin at Buzzer
Matthew Tkachuk has been a sparkplug for the Flames in his rookie season. In addition to providing scoring, energy and grit, he's also been a bit of a pest (in a good way if you are his teammate, maybe not so much if you're the opposition). But he may have taken it a bit too far on Tuesday with his last second slewfoot of Toronto's Martin Marincin. In the waning seconds of Toronto's 4-0 win he takes Marincin down and Marincin's knee gets twisted pretty rudely as he falls. The defenseman needed to be helped off the ice and highlights showed him grimacing and not putting much weight on his knee as he was walked through the tunnel to the Leafs dressing room. Here's a slo-mo of the play if you want to see what happened to Marincin's knee (does not look good).