John Tavares’s stay in the hospital was short.
The Maple Leafs announced the star center was released on Friday morning and is out resting after his scary injury Thursday night.
In Toronto’s 1-0 loss to the Canadiens, Tavares took an inadvertant knee to the head from Montreal forward Corey Perry and was motionless on the ice before being tended to by trainers. When he tried to sit up, he collapsed back down, and a stretcher was brought out for him.
“I honestly felt sick to my stomach when I saw it,” Perry told reporters. “When I saw him, with the way he is, it’s a scary situation. I’ll reach out to him and talk to him, and hopefully he’s OK.”
The Maple Leafs said Tavares is out indefinitely with what coach Sheldon Keefe said is a concussion.
Toronto forward Auston Matthews told media Friday morning that teammates received a group text from Tavares saying he was doing better.
“We’re going to be thinking about him every day,” defenseman Morgan Rielly said. “We’re playing for him.”