Of all the pleasant surprising during the 2014-15 campaign, Mark Stone was one of the biggest. He tied for the rookie scoring title with 64 points, including 26 goals, in 80 games. If not for his efforts, Ottawa probably wouldn’t have been able to squeak into the playoffs.
His ability to help the Senators in their postseason series against Montreal was limited though by a microfracture in his right wrist he sustained from a slash by P.K. Subban in the second period of Game 1. Stone played through the injury, but needed to freeze his wrist before and sometimes again during each game.
“It was just frustrating not being able to feel parts of my wrist and parts of my fingers,” Stone told the Winnipeg Sun. “It definitely didn’t help my shot, but I was able to play through it.”
He still recorded four assists in the six-game series, but he was limited to nine shots on goal and didn’t find the back of the net.
That all aside though, Stone can see the silver lining in Ottawa’s first round defeat.
“Going down 0-3, you don’t come out of that too often,” he said. “But we continued to push and everybody learned what it took to win a playoff series.”
The hope is that the Senators can apply that knowledge next season.