Senators spoil Karlsson's return with big win over Sharks
Former Ottawa captain held off scoresheet in loss
Erik Karlsson enjoyed playing in front of the Ottawa fans again, but he wasn't happy with his current team's performance.
Karlsson was playing his first game in Ottawa since he was traded to San Jose in the off-season. The return was much anticipated and talked about all week.
"I had a lot of fun out there even though this was not a great game at all and I'm not happy by any means," Karlsson said. "But it's going to be nice to move on now here."
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The team honoured the two-time Norris Trophy winner with a video tribute during the first period.
The Senators have three former Sharks on their roster with Boedker, acquired in the Mike Hoffman trade, Chris Tierney and Dylan DeMelo.
"It was a lot of fun out there," said Boedker. "We played really hard as a unit I think. There was three of us in here playing against our old squad and everybody seems to rally behind that so it was a good feeling in the room before and definitely on the ice I thought we played really well."
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While the Senators downplayed the reunion, they admitted it was strange to see Karlsson on the other side.
"It was different," said Mark Stone. "What are we 27 games in? I think it would have been a little different had we played him right away, but we're pretty used to not having him around so it wasn't that different."
Ben Harpur, with his first NHL goal, Ryan Dzingel, Magnus Paajarvi, Bobby Ryan and Stone also scored for the Senators (12-12-3).
Joe Thornton and Barclay Goodrow scored for the Sharks (12-10-5). Martin Jones made 21 saves. San Jose is 0-3-1 on its current five-game road trip, which ends Sunday in Montreal.
"There's no doubt we're chasing the game," said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. "I think there's a little bit of a confidence issue when you're losing some games like that. You might call it urgency. I would call it a little bit unconfident. We need to find a way to get that swagger back."