Maple Leafs’ Tavares leaves Game 1 on stretcher

Maple Leafs captain John Tavares left Game 1 of the team’s opening playoff round against the Montreal Canadiens on a stretcher.

The scary incident happened in the first period when Habs forward Corey Perry and Tavares were involved in an incidental collision.

Tavares was sent to the ice by a hit from Montreal’s Ben Chiarot at the blue line. As Tavares was falling to the ice, Perry, exiting the zone, made contact with his head.

Tavares was on the ice for several minutes and appeared woozy.

He gave a thumbs-up as he was stretchered off the ice, but his status was not immediately clear.