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Jacob Trouba knocks Mark Stone from game with shoulder hit to head

A hit to the head of Senators winger Mark Stone could cost Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba more than the controversial penalty he received in Sunday's 3-2 Winnipeg win. 

The play occurred at the 13:22 mark of the third period with Stone, who began the season recovering from a concussion, was caught in a vulnerable position attempting to make a pass after gaining the offensive zone. Trouba lowered his right shoulder, catching Stone upside the head. 

Trouba was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head while Stone remained on the ice for several moments. On the Senators bench, an irate Guy Boucher argued for a five-minute major and game misconduct against Trouba to no avail. Stone did not return to the game.

It's a play that certainly will warrant a look from the NHL's Department of Player Safety, even though Penguins star Evgeni Malkin escaped discipline for a similar hit to the head of Jets forward Blake Wheeler on Thursday.

The league later announced Trouba would have a hearing on Monday.

Stone, 24, missed most of the preseason while recovering from a concussion. He netted a team-leading goal No. 22 on the season earlier in the game. His 47 points in 56 games are second on the team to star defenseman Erik Karlsson.

The Seantors also lost wingers Mike Hoffman and Tommy Wingels to injury during the game, hours after the team announced Bobby Ryan would be out indefinitely with a hand injury.

Coupled with Stone's injury, Ottawa's depth is tenuous as it sits just two points behind Montreal for first place in the Atlantic Division.


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