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Stone a game-time decision, Sens downplay retaliation for Subban slash


James OBrien

Prized Ottawa rookie Mark Stone -- who suffered a microfracture in his right wrist courtesy a P.K. Subban slash in Game 1 -- will be a game-time decision for tonight’s tilt in Montreal, per head coach Dave Cameron.

The 22-year-old took a brief twirl during this morning’s skate before exiting. If Stone doesn’t play, it’s possible that veteran tough guy Chris Neil will draw into the lineup as the extra forward -- but even if Stone does play, Neil could still get on the lineup card as well, with another forward getting dropped.

Talk of Neil playing -- and this morning’s Ottawa Sun front page -- led to the inevitable discussion of Ottawa exacting revenge for Subban’s slash.

The bench boss’ take?

Cameron said retaliating would be like breaking into a police station to steal something.

— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) April 17, 2015

Referees will undoubtedly be on high alert this evening. In that light, it’s unsurprising the NHL assigned a pair of veteran officials in Gord Dwyer and Eric Furlatt. Both have worked over 550 career games.

Related: PHT Extra: Sens need to control their emotions after Subban slash