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Mark Stone Sets Up Opening Goal For Game Two (GIF)

NHL: APR 07 Penguins at Senators

Mark Stone may not be shooting with perfect accuracy, but his passing seems just fine.

The Montreal Canadiens allowed the Ottawa Senators to dominate just about everything but goaltending over the first twenty minutes of play in game two of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals; it was only a matter of time, though, before rookie Mark Stone sent a gorgeous pass to Clarke MacArthur to snipe the puck past Carey Price.

Although the goal was as much the fault of Montreal’s netminders as it was Price’s error, it’s hard to deny — the Ottawa Senators are a team that very much wants to win this series. In Price’s defense, getting beat high glove side just minutes after making an unreal save with his toe (no really, he deflected the puck with the toe of his skate) is probably just a sign of bad luck.

MacArthur, who missed a chunk of the season down the final stretch this spring with concussion-related issues (he collided with backup netminder Robin Lehner, who was also out with a concussion as a result), has been quietly impressive for the Senators since walking from the Toronto Maple Leafs — but the real story, of course, will be that Mark Stone managed to set up the opening goal despite the microfracture he endured when P.K. Subban slashed him in game one. With some fans calling for a Subban suspension and plenty of fans insisting that Stone exaggerating the injury, his contribution to the goal that opened up game two scoring is bound to ruffle plenty of feathers.

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