Jets forward Mathieu Perreault injured by late hit against Flyers

Mathieu Perreault of the Winnipeg Jets suffered an upper body injury on Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault was forced to leave Sunday afternoon’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers after taking a late hit from Joel Farabee just over ten minutes into the second period.

Farabee received a five minute major for interference and a game misconduct for the hit.

The Jets officially ruled Perreault out for the rest of the game with what the team referred to as an upper body injury.

“That’s the most dangerous play in hockey,” Jets head coach Paul Maurice told the media after the game. “Even a hit from behind a player has a sense that it’s coming. That’s why that five minute interference [penalty] came in because it can be devastating. The referees certainly got it right on the ice.”

No further details were released on Perreault’s status after Winnipeg’s 7-3 win, but Maurice did say that Perreault was moving and expects to undergo further testing on Monday.

In 32 games this season, the 31-year-old Perreault has scored six goals and added six assists.

The NHL Department of Player Safety announced later in the evening that Farabee will have a hearing on Monday for the hit.

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