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Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight

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A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…

Senators at Canadiens, 7 p.m. ET on CNBC

Montreal earned a 4-3 victory in Game 1, but the big story was P.K. Subban’s slash on Mark Stone. The Senators wanted to see Subban suspended over that one, but it looks like that won’t happen. Now tempers are running high going into Game 2. As previously noted, the Senators need to control their emotions though before this series gets away from them.

Islanders at Capitals, 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The Islanders secured a 4-1 victory over Washington in Game 1 with Josh Bailey, Ryan Strome, and Brock Nelson leading the charge. If John Tavares gets hot in Game 2, then New York might find itself in a commanding position by the end of the night, although we might end up seeing Alex Ovechkin respond instead. Meanwhile goaltender Jaroslav Halak now has a 2.23 GAA and .941 save percentage in seven career playoff games against Washington.

Blackhawks at Predators, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

It took 87:49 minutes to settle Game 1, but in the end Chicago completed its comeback from a 3-0 deficit. Along the way Patrick Kane recorded two power-play assists in his return from a broken clavicle. Chicago struggled to convert on its power-play chances after the All-Star break, but the return on Kane might have ended that issue, which is yet another thing Nashville has to worry about.

Flames at Canucks, 10:00 p.m. ET on CNBC

Down 1-0 going into the second intermission, the Flames rallied in the final frame and Kris Russell scored the winner with just 30 seconds remaining in Game 1 on Wednesday. The Flames were one of the best teams in the league when it came to battling back from a deficit in the third period over the course of the regular season, but they obviously don’t want to make a habit of it in the playoffs. The Flames might not be so fortunate this time around if they fall behind again.

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

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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

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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:

Related:

(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

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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’

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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