Video: Karlsson levels Beaulieu in big night for Senators captain

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Erik Karlsson recorded an assist on the Ottawa Senators’ opening goal, but the offensive defenseman has also been a big factor without the puck. He’s been throwing his body around all game, including his big open ice hit on Montreal Canadiens blueliner Nathan Beaulieu, which you can see below:

The Senators captain has been credited with six hits through 40 minutes of play. That’s more than he had in any regular season contest in 2014-15. He’s not alone in playing a physical game though as Ottawa has recorded 46 so far, including nine from Chris Neil.

Down 2-0 in the series, Ottawa has a 1-0 lead going into the third period of Game 3.

Update: Although Beaulieu initially stayed in the game, he didn’t take a single shift in the third period.