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.
Sens call for Subban suspension after ‘lumberjack slash’
No fine for Cameron after threatening retaliation on Habs
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.
Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron won’t be fined for his remarks following a contentious Game 1 of the Sens-Habs series, per Sportsnet.
Cameron, upset about the slash P.K. Subban delivered on Mark Stone during Montreal’s 4-3 win Wednesday night, ominously suggested that if Subban didn’t receive a suspension — which he didn’t — the Sens would have to take matters into their own hands.
“I think it’s an easy solution,” he said in his postgame remarks. “You either suspend him or one of their best players gets slashed and just give us five [major penalty].
“Not that complicated.”
Cameron, coaching in his first-ever playoff series, could’ve been subjected to a $25,000 fine for those remarks, per TSN. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has protocol in place that forbids teams to lobby the league for supplemental discipline 48 hours following a game and/or hearing and, as Bob McKenzie tweeted last night, that prohibition “extends to include formal team statements to the media.”
Like a postgame press conference, for example.
Per Sportsnet and ESPN, warnings have been issued to both Montreal and Ottawa about their conduct moving forward. Just don’t expect those warnings to do much — these two teams have a nasty history, stemming from the ’13 playoff series that included Eric Gryba’s devastating hit on Lars Eller, and the subsequent Player 61/bug eyed fat walrus stuff between the habs and then-Sens head coach Paul MacLean.