Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone did suffer a serious injury, the team says a fractured right wrist, when Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban slashed him in Wednesday's playoff opener.
Injury update: #Sens Mark Stone has suffered a microfracture of his right wrist & his availability for the series is unknown at this time.— @Senators
Subban was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct but avoided further discipline from the league for the slash midway through the second period of the Canadiens' 4-3 victory on home ice.
Stone fell to the ice immediately and writhed in pain. He left the game, was back at the Senators bench roughly 10 minutes after the incident, which infuriated Subban, left the game again in the third period and returned once more.
Mark stone is back. PK's reaction: https://t.co/ZTkx13XNqT— @JayGold85
Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray told reporters Stone's status for the remainder of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final is "very questionable."
Murray urged the league to suspend Subban. Asked if Stone was ruled out of playing Friday's Game 2 (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET), 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 that this point at all."
P.K. Subban: "I've been slashed a lot harder than that."— @reporterchris
P.K. Subban says he hasn't reached out to Mark Stone. Asked if he plans to: "No."— @reporterchris
"[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."
Stone's leaving the game was crucial because the NHL's rule 61.3 states that, in the case of a slash, "when injury occurs, a major penalty must be assessed."
After the game, Stone suggested Subban may have intentionally tried to injure him.
"Obviously it was a pretty big hack," Stone said. "It looked like he wanted to hurt me."
What else could Subban have been trying to do with that slash to the hands other than trying to injure Mark Stone's hands? #GravesMario— @NYP_Brooksie
Senators head coach Dave Cameron called for Subban to be suspended while hinting at potential retribution.
"I think it's quite simple — it's a vicious slash on an unprotected part of the body," he said. "You either do one of two things. I think it's an easy solution — you either suspend him, or when one of their best players gets slashed just give us five."
Stone scored 26 goals and 64 points in his first NHL season, including eight goals and five assists during a nine-game points streak to end the regular season.