Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson hasn’t ruled out a return this season.
Karlsson, the 2012 Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenseman, had his left Achilles Tendon sliced by the skate of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke during a hit along the boards during a game in February.
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray said last month the recovery for such an injury, which Karlsson had surgery to repair what was a “70 per cent cut” of his Achilles, is three-to-four months.
On Monday, Don Brennan of the QMI Agency reported that Karlsson spoke to reporters during the first intermission of the Senators’ 3-2 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils.
According to Brennan, Karlsson wouldn’t say ‘No’ when asked if there was a chance he could return for the playoffs. However, there appears to be no timeline for when he might start skating.
“As of now, it’s going to be awhile. Anything can happen, anything can change, but right now we’re not aiming for a certain date or anything. We’re just trying to make it feel better and get everything back to normal.”
Karlsson had six goals and 10 points in 14 games prior to the injury.
Even the best goalie in the world – one who makes it look easy – can lose his cool sometimes.
(Heck, that used to be the domain of Patrick Roy, right?)
It was quite the sight on Thursday nonetheless: Carey Price absolutely lost his cool and went after Kyle Palmieri during the Montreal Canadiens’ game against the New Jersey Devils. You can watch that spectacle in the video above.
Palmieri received an interference penalty while Price received a roughing double-minor. Apparently fits of Price anger are rare:
Carey Price loses it?! That's like seeing a unicorn.
Sometimes it feels like John Tavares is alone on an island. Even during such grimmer times, there are moments where it seems like he can do it all by himself, anyway.
The New York Islanders have been quietly getting it back together lately (4-0-1 in their last five games), with Tavares averaging a point per contest during that span. Still, he’s obviously been getting some help lately.
If you want an “all by himself” moment, look no further than the goal above, where he just out-efforts everyone. It’s an unusual sight, although especially jaded people may just come to expect this type of thing from Tavares. He’s that great.
Niskanen will miss at least one game from that Bergeron hit
The Capitals consider the valuable blueliner day-to-day with an upper-body injury and noted that he won’t travel to Buffalo for Friday’s game against the Sabres.
That only tells us so much, as the Capitals will face the Vancouver Canucks at home in their next game after that on Sunday. If that’s all he ends up missing, that wouldn’t be too huge of an issue. CSN Mid-Atlantic notes that he’s played in every game (all 189) since joining the Capitals, so he’s been healthy so far in his stay with Washington.
Washington called up defenseman Aaron Ness to help give them some depth.
As you may recall, Bergeron received a two-minute boarding minor for the check in question.
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