MONTREAL (AP) — Senators general manager Brian Murray says forward Mark Stone suffered a microfracture of his right wrist and some ligament damage, and his status is “very questionable” for Ottawa’s first-round playoff series with Montreal.
Stone was slashed by Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban at 8:23 of the second period of Wednesday’s series opener.
Stone fell to the ice and then skated off to the dressing room.
He was back at the Senators’ bench roughly 10 minutes after the incident, left the game again in the third period and returned once more.
Subban was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Murray urged the league to suspend Subban.
“(Stone) came back as a courageous guy after being hurt,” Murray said Thursday. “The disturbing part from our point of view is that there was a threat made before by Subban to Stone.
“There were two attempts on faceoffs to slash him, one connected. Then he two-handed him across the wrist in front of the net. (Stone) has been one of the top five players in the league the last two months of the year. It’s huge loss.
“I thought the officials made the right call on the ice but I thought also, after knowing the extent of the injury, that something further would be considered.”
Asked if Stone was ruled out of playing in Game 2 on Friday night, Murray said: “I would assume. I think the trainers have worked on him and Mark is willing to take shots or whatever it is, but he has no mobility at this point at all.”
The major and game misconduct to Subban fell under Rule 61.4 of the NHL rulebook dealing with match penalties.
It says: “The referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent by slashing.”
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