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Erik Karlsson

Karlsson hits big milestone faster than any defenseman in 17 years


The Ottawa Senators earned a desperately needed 4-3 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals on Saturday and defenseman Erik Karlsson played a big role in that win by logging 27:43 minutes of ice time and contributing two assists.

The first of those points also served as the 300th of Karlsson’s career after just 393 games:

He reached that mark faster than any defenseman since Sergei Zubov when he recorded his 300th point in his 354th game on Jan. 11, 1998, per the NHL’s Communications Department. Karlsson also became the second fastest Swedish blueliner to ever reach that milestone behind Borje Salming, who did it in 388 contests.

Karlsson has been leading the charge of what has become an impressive generation of Swedish offensive defensemen. Along with Karlsson, Sweden’s batch of 24-years-old or younger blueliners includes Oliver Ekman-Larsson, rookie John Klingberg, and Victor Hedman. After years of struggles the 2011 fourth overall pick, Adam Larsson, also seems to be finding his way.

Of course rather than milestones, it seems safe to say that Karlsson’s primary focus right now is on the Wild Card race. The Senators recent surge has kept them in the running, but with just four games left on their schedule they’re still three points behind in the battle for a postseason berth. Ottawa will play Toronto tonight.

Video: Stars’ Eakin scores on penalty shot in overtime

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Kyle Turris’ overtime-clincher was probably the most important goal of Saturday, at least as of this writing, but Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin’s tally would require the most initials.

Eakin’s game-winning goal wasn’t just a GWG on Saturday. He gave the Dallas Stars a 4-3 OT win on a penalty shot, so that would make it a PSOTGWG, right? (Or would it be an OTPSGWG?)

Anyway, it was a cool moment, and it came against star Nashville Predators goalie, too:

The Stars remain a ludicrously long shot to make the playoffs (if they’re not already eliminated by some minor tiebreaker), but they could be quite the spoiler threat in the final week. Just ask the Preds.

Senators win, but so does just about everyone else in East’s bubble


The good news for the Ottawa Senators is that they avoided total embarrassment against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, winning 4-3 in OT after giving up a three-goal lead. The bad news is that they didn’t really gain significant ground in the Eastern Conference’s playoff race.

With the Florida Panthers now crossed off the list, the Senators are the only team that could knock one of the current top eight out of the postseason. Here’s a quick look at what happened:

Again, Florida’s out after Tampa Bay trounced them

Red Wings 3, Wild 2 (SO)

Detroit fought toe-to-toe with Minnesota (a team in a very similar predicament) and ultimately managed a shootout victory.

(If you don’t like shootouts, this post will make you shudder.)

Senators 4, Capitals 3 (OT)

It seemed like it would be a cakewalk for Ottawa when they took advantage of some 5-on-3 advantages to build a 3-0 lead, but it instead was a nail-biter. Kyle Turris’ OT winner salvaged a win, but Washington made its position in the playoffs – if not the Metropolitan’s third spot -that much more secure.

Really, though, that Turris goal was something.

Islanders 3, Sabres 0

Bruins 2, Maple Leafs 1 (SO)

The Penguins also coughed up a lead and lost to the Blue Jackets

James Reimer was very close to stealing a win for the spoils-seeking Maple Leafs, but the Bruins managed to wipe the sweat off their brows and gain a (you guessed it) shootout victory.

Pretty zany stuff, huh? And, yes, shootout-haters only get more fuel. Let’s look at the East after Saturday’s relevant games are over (the late games are all West-leaning).


Montreal: 104 points, three games remaining, 41 regulation/OT wins
Tampa Bay: 104 points, two GR, 46 ROW
Red Wings: 95 points, four GR, 37 ROW


Rangers: 107 points, four GR, 47 ROW
Islanders: 98 points, three GR, 39 ROW
Capitals: 97 points, three GR, 38 ROW

Wild card

Penguins: 95 points, four GR, 38 ROW
Bruins: 95 points, three GR, 37 ROW

Bubble of one

Senators: 92 points, four GR, 34 ROW

It’s obviously not over for Ottawa just yet, but they’ll clearly need some help in this final week. As you can see, they didn’t get much of it on Saturday (although they almost did).