The incidents occurred in yesterday’s game between the Senators and the Penguins in Pittsburgh. In the final minute of the second third, Karlsson was cut off by a skate from the small plague Matt Cooke when the two men were fighting to take possession of the puck in the corner of the ramp in defensive territory.
The recipient of the Norris Trophy suffered a laceration of the Achilles tendon and will have to undergo surgery. His convalescence is planned for a period of three to four months. For his part, Cooke was not punished on the game. What the Kanata team did not want to live in was finally realized, especially as the list of casualties began to expand, which had a heavy impact on the team’s performance.
Ottawa now has to do it without the participation of their best player, who by the way, can easily play more than 30 minutes per game.Last year Karlsson finished first in defense of the circuit with 19 goals and 59 assists for 78 points in 81 games, 25 points ahead of his closest pursuer. This season, he is fourth in his class with Andrei Markov, Niklas Kronwall, and Fredor Tyutin, with ten points.
With Karlsson out of the game, Ottawa was not able to compete with the Penguins and eventually lost the game to 4-2. Stéphane Da Costa, with his first, and Jim O’Brien allowed the Sens to take the lead 2-1.Captain Sidney Crosby and James Neal wiped out the chances of the visitors, with three points each. Crosby collected a goal and two assists, while Neal compiled two goals and one assist. Pascal Dupuis completed the other goal of the Penguins.