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Juraj Slafkovsky takes another huge hit that leaves him shaken


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Andrew Loftus
November 2, 2022  (2:56 PM)
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In many cases, NHL rookies learn many lessons throughout the season. Last night Montreal Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovsky learned a valuable lesson in last night's loss to Minnesota. Slafkovsky was bringing the puck to center ice trying to gain the red line so he could dump the puck in Minnesota's zone. He was successful in doing so but he wasn't strong on his feet. Minnesota forward Marco Rossi took advantage of this and shouldered Slafkovsky who fell into the side boards. At first, Slafkovsky just remained motionless on the ice. He eventually was able to get up and get himself onto the bench. It was the kind of play where he could have hurt himself. Although he's a rookie, Slafkovsky needs to play harder and learn to better protect himself. He's not in junior hockey anymore.

Montreal forward Jake Evans was not pleased with the play and stood up for his teammate by fighting Minnesota forward Mason Shaw. Although it was admirable of Evans to stand up for his teammate, Mason Shaw quickly replied to Evans by giving him a few punches and then tackling him to the ice.
Hopefully Slafkovsky was not hurt on the play, and he can learn from this experience. You can't make a lack luster play and expect anyone to give you a break on the opposing team. Slafkovsky will continue to develop and learn how to be an NHL regular. These are some of the lessons learned as an NHL rookie.
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