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Toronto Maple Leafs vs Montreal Canadiens

PHT Morning Skate: Ottawa Sun runs with front page headline ‘Heads Up, P.K.’


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Ottawa Sun is advising P.K. Subban to keep his head up:

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Here’s a look at the pros and cons of keeping Flyers coach Craig Berube. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Getting Patrick Kane back helps Chicago in a number of ways, including with the man advantage, which was an area the Blackhawks struggled in after the All-Star break. (CSN Chicago)

Missing the playoffs has only made Kings bench boss Darryl Sutter more eager to continue coaching. (Edmonton Journal)

Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and captain Andrew Ladd crashed into each other during the team’s pregame warmups on Thursday. This could have ended so much worse:

Neither was hurt, although Anaheim went on to earn a 4-2 victory in Game 1:

Ben O’Connor scored a between the legs, top shelf shootout goal versus South Korea in IIHF play (h/t Puck Daddy):

Video: Milbury, Shawn Thornton stand up for P.K. Subban

Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers

The big controversy from the first day of the playoffs was Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban’s slash to the wrist of Senators forward Mark Stone. Subban was booted from the game as a result while Stone has a microfracture that might result in him missing playing time.

The Senators would have liked to see Subban suspended for his actions, but it looks like he won’t be. Meanwhile, others feel that Subban’s in-game punishment was excessive.

You can watch NBC’s Mike Milbury and Florida Panthers forward Shawn Thornton make the case for Subban below:


(Video) PHT Extra: Sens need to control their emotions after Subban slash

And regarding Thornton’s history with Subban:

Shawn Thornton isn’t a ‘fan’ of P.K. Subban ducking

Bruins’ Thornton fined for spraying Subban

(Video) PHT Extra: Sens need to control their emotions after Subban slash

P.K. Subban,

For the record, we shot this video before the Senators revealed that Mark Stone had a microfracture in his right wrist as a result of P.K. Subban’s controversial slash.

Regardless of whether Subban should have been suspended or not (the NHL takes injuries into account when determining supplemental discipline), the Sens absolutely need to regroup and get in control of their emotions, which is exactly what their coach, Dave Cameron, was preaching this morning:

Anyway, we also touch on the Blackhawks-Predators game, and how Nashville could live to regret blowing that 3-0 lead:

Subban says he’s ‘never threatened anybody’

P.K. Subban

P.K. Subban insists he’s “never threatened anybody out there.”

The Canadiens’ star defender also insists he’s “been slashed a lot harder than” the chop he gave Ottawa’s Mark Stone last night in Montreal.

That slash, you’ll certainly know by now, earned Subban a five-minute major and game misconduct. And according to the Senators, it earned Stone a microfracture in his right wrist, with Ottawa GM Bryan Murray saying earlier today that Subban threatened Stone before the slash, and that Stone is “very questionable” for the rest of the series.

In conclusion, one side is saying one thing and the other side is saying another.

Game 2 goes tomorrow in Montreal.

Related: Report: No further discipline for Subban

More drama from Sens-Habs as Murray says Subban threatened Stone before slash


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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