Stone a game-time decision, Sens downplay retaliation for Subban slash

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Prized Ottawa rookie Mark Stone — who suffered a microfracture in his right wrist courtesy a P.K. Subban slash in Game 1 — will be a game-time decision for tonight’s tilt in Montreal, per head coach Dave Cameron.

The 22-year-old took a brief twirl during this morning’s skate before exiting. If Stone doesn’t play, it’s possible that veteran tough guy Chris Neil will draw into the lineup as the extra forward — but even if Stone does play, Neil could still get on the lineup card as well, with another forward getting dropped.

Talk of Neil playing — and this morning’s Ottawa Sun front page — led to the inevitable discussion of Ottawa exacting revenge for Subban’s slash.

The bench boss’ take?

Referees will undoubtedly be on high alert this evening. In that light, it’s unsurprising the NHL assigned a pair of veteran officials in Gord Dwyer and Eric Furlatt. Both have worked over 550 career games.

Related: PHT Extra: Sens need to control their emotions after Subban slash