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Senators spoil Karlsson's return with big win over Sharks

Ben Harpur scored his first NHL goal, Craig Anderson stopped 36 shots and the Senators spoiled Erik Karlsson's return to Ottawa by beating the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Saturday.

Former Ottawa captain held off scoresheet in loss

San Jose's Erik Karlsson makes an attempt on Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson during the first period of the Sharks' 6-2 loss to the Senators on Saturday. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press)

Erik Karlsson enjoyed playing in front of the Ottawa fans again, but he wasn't happy with his current team's performance.

Craig Anderson stopped 36 shots and Mikkel Boedker posted a four-point game with a goal and three assists as the Senators spoiled their former captain's return on Saturday, beating San Jose 6-2 to hand the Sharks a fourth straight loss.

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."

WATCH |  Karlsson receives standing ovation in 1st period: 

Erik Karlsson receives standing ovation in return to Ottawa

3 years ago
2:10
The former Senators captain was welcomed with open arms Saturday as he returned to the nation's capital for the first time since his trade to the San Jose Sharks this past off-season. 2:10

The team honoured the two-time Norris Trophy winner with a video tribute during the first period.

"There's a lot of good memories that I have from this rink," said Karlsson. "I was drafted here, spent pretty much my entire career here so a lot of positive things so it was fun to see and I was happy I was able to play in front of these guys again and these fans and everything. They did a good job and I thank them for that. It was very kind of them."

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."

WATCH | Senators beat Sharks in Karlsson's return to Ottawa:

Game Wrap: Senators sink Sharks in Karlsson's return to Ottawa

3 years ago
2:11
Ottawa fans started the game celebrating the return of their former captain, they ended the game celebrating a big two points as the Senators stormed past the San Jose Sharks 6-2 in Erik Karlsson's return to the nation's capital. 2:11

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."

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