Sunday, May 21, 2017

Karlsson Says He'll Be Fine for Game 6

A scary moment occurred for the Ottawa Senators in Game 5 when all-world defenseman Erik Karlsson twisted his ankle after a skate-to-skate collision with Pittsburgh's Scott Wilson in the second period. The Swede would leave the ice and not return for the remainder of the game, and no, it wasn't because he wanted to watch his fellow Swedes with the IIHF World Hockey Championship over Canada in Cologne, Germany.

Karlsson, who has been playing the postseason with two hairlines fractures in his left foot, told media he'd be fine for Game 6.

He'll need to be. The Senators aren't the same team without Karlsson, and they have zero momentum after suffering a humiliating 7-0 defeat to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.

Only one of those goals came with Karlsson on the ice.

Pittsburgh went 3-for-3 on the power play and outshot the Senators 36-25.

Game 6 is Tuesday night in Ottawa.