Already playing without No. 1 centre Jason Spezza for an extended period, the Ottawa Senators got some devastating news on Wednesday night involving the reigning Norris Trophy winner.
The Senators announced on their Twitter account defenceman Erik Karlsson will require surgery and be out indefinitely after sustaining a laceration to his left Achilles.
Karlsson was driven into the boards by Matt Cooke in the dying moments of the second period of their 4-2 loss
to the Pittsburgh Penguins and fell to the ice. When he got up, he appeared unable to put any weight on his left leg and skated over to the bench gingerly, frustratedly flipping his stick to the side.
Cooke's skate blade made contact with the back portion of the 22-year-old's leg. The Penguins forward has been suspended several times before, including the last 10 regular season contests in 2011 for an elbow to New York Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh's head.
Karlsson, who leads all NHL defencemen with six goals, was helped by two trainers heading down the tunnel to the dressing room.
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