Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban will not face supplemental discipline for his slash on Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone.
Subban was assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct during the second period of Montreal’s 4-3 win on Wednesday night.
Related: Sens call for Subban suspension after ‘lumberjack slash’
Clarke MacArthur doesn’t just believe that P.K. Subban deserved a game misconduct for his slash from Game 1. The Ottawa Senators rookie believes that the Montreal Canadiens defenseman should also be suspended for what MacArthur deems “a lumberjack slash.”
(Apparently Stone also referred to it as a “tomahawk” slash, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.)
Going further, Stone believes that he was targeted at times by Subban, and not just on the slash.
For whatever it’s worth, that was the only penalty assessed on Montreal toward Stone during the Habs’ 4-3 win. It’s unclear if Stone will be able to play in Game 2 at the moment.
Whether targeting is for real or not, it’s hard to shake the feeling that Senators head coach Dave Cameron is calling for someone’s head when he discusses one of the Canadiens’ best players getting slashed if Subban doesn’t sit a game.
You know how some series take a long time to develop anger and really heat up? This one took a period-and-a-half, at most.
The Montreal Canadiens probably didn’t draw it up this way – who could, really? – but they got what they wanted with a 1-0 series lead, besting the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Wednesday.
The most eyebrow-raising stuff happened in the first 40 minutes. To start things off, the Senators managed a 1-0 lead after Andrei Markov’s unfortunate own-goal.
All bets were off in the second period, though, really. The wildest moment came when P.K. Subban received a game misconduct and five-minute major slashing penalty, but it really set the stage for a manic run of traded blows.
To start things off, Torrey Mitchell and Tomas Plekanec scored two goals less than 30 seconds apart to give the Canadiens a 2-1 lead.
Ottawa took advantage of the power-play opportunities afforded by the Subban call … to an extent. Kyle Turris tied it up a little more than two minutes into that PP, yet a wild Lars Eller shortie made it 3-2 again.
The Senators managed one more tie thanks to Mika Zibanejad, but Brian Flynn’s tally ended up being the game-winner.
To review, six of the game’s seven goals happened in about a 10-minute span in the second period. This box score view of that scoring run may help illustrate the point more clearly:
Yeah, pretty crazy.
Ultimately, the Atlantic Division-winning Canadiens took a 1-0 series lead against the magical Senators, even with Max Pacioretty out of the lineup because of his injury issues and Subban only playing half the game.
In other words, clearly how Michel Therrien drew things up.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is often a lightning rod for criticism, but on Wednesday, the officials are also putting themselves in the spotlight. Subban was ejected from Game 1 for slashing Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone.
To be precise, Subban received a five-minute major for slashing and a game misconduct.
The Canadiens aim to beat the Cinderella Senators without Subban and Max Pacioretty for the rest of the evening. We’ll see if anything further happens regarding supplemental discipline and will keep an eye open regarding Stone injury news (if applicable).
Update: Stone appears to be OK, but we’ll find out later.
You know, in the way that NHL teams barely tell the world anything about injuries, that is.
Apparently this isn’t the first time Subban has been tossed from a playoff contest against Ottawa:
The Ottawa Senators’ luck might not just be reserved for the regular season.
They’ve been taking it to the Montreal Canadiens early on in Game 1, and they were rewarded much to Andrei Markov’s chagrin, as Milan Michalek got credited for the tally on this own-goal:
Oof, that has to sting. Apparently Carey Price was non-too-pleased about that gaffe:
Plenty of jokes came from this one, including an ode to former Edmonton Oilers defenseman Steve Smith and his notorious blunder.
For Markov’s sake, it’s at least a far less crucial time.