While we can confirm there are seven other playoff series at hand, we also acknowledge it might not seem that way on PHT right now given all the wild developments between Ottawa and Montreal following P.K. Subban’s Game 1 ejection for slashing Mark Stone.
The latest, from Sens GM Bryan Murray:
Stone, who suffered a microfracture in his right wrist on the slash, is “very questionable” for the remainder of the series, per Murray. The Ottawa GM also said he told NHL discipline czar Stephane Quintal about Stone’s injury prior to the league deciding not to further punish Subban.
Game 2 goes Friday night at the Bell Center in what promises to be an emotional affair. Should Stone be unable to play, it looks as though veteran tough guy Chris Neil will draw into the Ottawa lineup — a decision that could turn this series into an even bigger powderkeg.
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Well-traveled checking forward Samuel Pahlsson has announced his retirement from professional hockey.
Pahlsson, 37, appeared in nearly 800 NHL contests with the Ducks, Blue Jackets, Bruins, Blackhawks and Canucks over an 11-year career, capturing a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 while emerging as one of the better defensive centers of his time.
Lauded as an underrated key to the Ducks’ championship — “he thinks he’s from Red Deer,” said GM Brian Burke, alluding to how the Swede played like a Canadian from the prairies — Pahlsson finished as the Selke runner-up to Rod Brind’Amour in ’07 and sixth in voting a year later.
Pahlsson last played in the NHL during the 2011-12 campaign, splitting time between Columbus and Vancouver. From there, he returned to his native Sweden and played three years with his former club, Modo.
I hate using a term like slash-gate, but I have a slash-gate update for you.
On Thursday morning, Ottawa announced that Mark Stone — the recipient of a P.K. Subban slash in Wednesday’s series-opening loss to Montreal — has suffered a microfracture in his right wrist, and that his availability for the rest of the series is unknown.
Stone, Ottawa’s star rookie, got caught with the slash midway through the second period and left the game momentarily, but did return and finished with over 15 minutes of ice time.
Losing him would be a major blow.
Since Jan. 1, only four players have scored more points than Stone’s 44 — John Tavares, Alex Ovechkin, Jamie Benn and Sidney Crosby. It gives you an idea of the level Stone’s been playing at and how important he is to the Sens, especially after they dropped Game 1.
Stone didn’t skate with Ottawa on Wednesday as Milan Michalek took his spot on a line with Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur. Alex Chiasson took Michalek’s spot alongside Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad, which meant that Chris Neil drew into the mix and rushed on the fourth line.
As for Subban, he won’t face any supplemental discipline from the league and, per reports from this morning, Sens head coach Dave Cameron won’t be fined for his threats of retaliation against Montreal for the slash.