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
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:
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