Jan 4, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammate center Jean-Gabriel Pageau (44) during the first period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Stone Recalled By Ottawa Senators To Replace Injured Bobby Ryan

The Ottawa Senators have recalled forward Mark Stone after winger Bobby Ryan left the game Saturday afternoon re-agravating an apparently pre-existing injury.

Stone has 38 points in 35 games this season in the AHL, another year that has been plagued by injury.  In his latest stint with Binghamton, he has notched 6 goals and 14 assists in 20 games since Valentine’s day, being held off the scoresheet just twice.  He is also +12 in those last 20 games.

Stone had a stint with Ottawa in early January, scoring a goal and an assist in 7 games while averaging just under 12 minutes per game.  They were his first regular season NHL points to go along with the assist he earned in the 2012 playoffs against the Rangers.

Ryan was hurt when he was put into the boards against the Dallas Stars after being knocked off balance on a backcheck and sliding into the end boards  behind the Ottawa net.  He left the game and did not return after writhing on the ice in obvious pain.  There is no immediate word on how much time he will miss, but to use a call-up at this point in the season it might be significant time.  If the injury was indeed already present, it might shed some light on the struggles of the sniper, who has just 6 points and is -7 in his last 16 games.

Stone will join the team in Tampa for Monday night’s game against the Lightning.

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