Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone in for Game 2
Montreal gets boost with return of injured star
After days of speculation, the Montreal Canadiens confirmed that Max Pacioretty would play in Game 2 of the team's playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.
Pacioretty missed the past three games after he was sent into the boards in a game against the Florida Panthers on April 5. It was suspected that he suffered a concussion on the play.
Forward Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau is missing Friday's game with an upper body injury.
Pacioretty led the Canadiens with 37 goals and 67 points this season. He was also a key penalty killer and led the NHL at plus-38.
Ottawa also has forward Mark Stone in the lineup. His status was uncertain after suffering a microfracture to his wrist due a slash from P.K. Subban in the first game of the series.
Slashed Sen Mark Stone is all wrapped up after his encounter with P.K. Subban. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HNICChat?src=hash">#HNICChat</a> <a href="http://t.co/bFZZMk9MMJ">http://t.co/bFZZMk9MMJ</a> <a href="http://t.co/prMxjrDu8n">pic.twitter.com/prMxjrDu8n</a>—@hockeynight
The Canadiens won the series opener 4-3 on Wednesday night.
With files from the Canadian Press