SENATORS at CANADIENS
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Montreal leads best-of-seven series 1-0
MONTREAL -- Ottawa Senators rookie Mark Stone sustained a microfracture and ligament damage in his right wrist in the Senators' 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in their Eastern Conference First Round series at Bell Centre on Wednesday. His availability for the rest of the series is unknown.
"He's been one of our best players, for sure," Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau
said after practice at Bell Centre on Thursday. "We're going to see what happens with him. We hope he's going to be with us. If not, we're going to have to go with the players we have and go harder."
Forward Milan Michalek moved to Ottawa's first line in place of Stone at practice. Right wing Chris Neil, who did not dress Wednesday, practiced on the fourth line.
"You don't like one of your best players getting hurt," Neil said. "You don't like to see that at all. [Stone is] a tough guy. He's not lying there like a soccer player diving. You knew that one hurt him for sure."
Stone went to the dressing room after he was slashed at 8:23 of the second period by Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who got a game misconduct for his major penalty.
Stone, who had 26 goals and 64 points in 80 regular season games, returned before the five-minute penalty expired and remained in the game before leaving after his first shift in the third period. He returned later in the period and was on the ice at the end of the game.
Montreal coach Michel Therrien said left wing Max Pacioretty has not yet been cleared to return from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for the final two regular season games and Game 1.
Pacioretty, who led the Canadiens in goals and points and tied for League lead in plus-minus, practiced on a line with center David Desharnais and Devante Smith-Pelly in place of PA Parenteau, who is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury he sustained Wednesday.
"He's having another good day and we'll let you know (Friday) if he's ready," Therrien said at practice Thursday.
Forward Lars Eller scored a shorthanded goal Wednesday between Ottawa power-play goals with Subban in the penalty box.
"Discipline is going to be a huge factor for us," said Eller, who was in the penalty box when Subban slashed Stone. "I'd like to think we are a disciplined team so we've got to keep our head in the right place going forward. That's going to be a key for us, not getting frustrated, stick to the plan, that's going to be a very important factor for us going forward."