Mark Stone had a good game Saturday night, but even if he didn’t find the scoresheet, he would have counted it as a win after he was struck with a skate in the face and managed to escape without serious injury.
Senators winger Mark Stone doesn’t head to the penalty box often, and he might be even more wary of committing stick infractions after a trip on Joffrey Lupul nearly resulted in Stone’s face being sliced open by Lupul’s skate.
With three minutes remaining in the first period, Lupul was battling with Stone for the puck in the neutral zone when Stone got his stick into Lupul’s skate and hauled the Maple Leafs winger to the ice. The trip of Lupul resulted in his upper body falling forward and feet kicking up into the air, with his left skate coming up and catching Stone in the face.
Stone immediately clutched his face and headed for the dressing room as referees on ice whistled the play dead because Stone had been tagged for tripping:
The scariest part of the skate to the face in Stone’s case is how close it came to hitting him in the eyes. That had potential to be disastrous.
Stone had his penalty served by Ryan Dzingel while he went to the room for repairs, but there’s no reason for concern: Stone was able to return to the game before the first frame ended. He wasn’t really worse for wear, either. In fact, other than a knick under his nose, Stone was good to go. So good that he actually scored to kick off the third period and pushed Ottawa’s already big 4-0 lead to 5-0.
Stone likely won’t be switching to a full face shield anytime soon, but it’s hard to imagine anyone would have reason to blame him if he did.