Senators lose to Penguins, lose Karlsson to injury

Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:18am EST
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(Reuters) - Ottawa suffered a double blow on Wednesday when they lost standout defenseman Erik Karlsson to an Achilles injury during their 4-2 defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Karlsson, the reigning Norris Trophy winner for the NHL's top defenseman, sustained a laceration late in the second period when he was pinned against the boards by Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke.

The Senators said Swede Karlsson would require surgery and was out indefinitely.

"Obviously, the way he's playing and how much he means for us, for our team, it feels terrible," said Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson. "And I feel really bad for him."

Cooke said there had been no intent to injure Karlsson.

"It's a complete accident. Obviously, I feel terrible about it," Cooke told reporters. "It's happened a few times over the past couple years, and it's scary."

Pascal Dupuis put the Penguins ahead in the first period before Ottawa grabbed a 2-1 lead through Stephane Da Costa and Jim O'Brien midway through the second.

James Neal restored the Penguins' lead with his ninth and 10th of the season before Sidney Crosby made the game safe with a wrist shot in the third.

Crosby also picked up a pair of assists for the Penguins (9-5-0), who welcomed defensemen Kris Letang and Matt Niskanen back to the team from injury. Ottawa (7-5-2) lost for the fifth time in seven games.   Continued...

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) blocks a shot by Otttawa Senators' Chris Neil (25) as Penguins' Deryk Engelland (5) tries to defend in the third period of their NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Cohn