Mark Stone, Senators forward, suspended 2 games
Ottawa's leading scorer punished for hit on Red Wings' Ferraro
The NHL has suspended Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone two games for an illegal hit to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Landon Ferraro.
Stone will miss games Tuesday at the Montreal Canadiens and Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets.
The Senators' leading scorer hit Ferraro in the head with his right shoulder in the second period of a 5-3 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday.
Stone, who has no history of supplemental discipline in his brief career, forfeits $37,634.40 US.
Ferraro was not injured on the play.
"We're obviously disappointed with the decision to suspend Mark," general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement sent out by the Senators. "He has no history of illegal hits, and we feel he was in pursuit of the puck and fighting for his ice when the contact occurred.
"While discouraging to us, we're left to accept the league's ruling."
In announcing the suspension, director of player safety Patrick Burke said the league accepted Stone's explanation that he was trying to get a loose puck and then hit Ferraro to prevent an odd-man rush.