The Montreal Canadiens will have P.K. Subban on the ice for Game 2 of their Stanley Cup playoffs series with the Ottawa Senators.
Subban was ejected Wednesday night midway through the second period of the series opener after he hit Ottawa forward Mark Stone with a two-handed chop across Stone’s arm.
The slash earned Subban a 5-minute major and a game misconduct, effectively a half-game suspension. That’s apparently enough to satisfy the NHL Department of Player Safety, as ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported Thursday morning the league won’t suspend Subban for his actions.
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That should make for a very interesting Game 2 on Friday night in Montreal. After the Canadiens’ Game 1 win, Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron called on the league to suspend Subban, saying there might be retaliation if Subban wasn’t banned.
“I think it’s an easy solution: You either suspend him or one of their best players gets slashed and just give us five,” Cameron said after the game.
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