Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/10/14

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Erik Karlsson stood outside the visiting locker room, munching on a celebratory slice of pizza. Must have tasted pretty good. Karlsson spent the evening on the ice for the first time in about 2 1/2 months, and he and the Ottawa Senators are heading back to the NHL postseason. They might even wind up back in the same arena next week. Sergei Gonchar scored a power-play goal 47 seconds into overtime on Karlsson's second assist of his successful -- and sooner-than-anticipated -- return from a torn Achilles tendon, and Ottawa clinched a playoff berth by beating the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Thursday night. ''I would have been happy if I sat in the stands and we would have won this game, as well, I think, and that's the main goal,'' Karlsson said. ''I'm going to have to work on my stuff, and as long as this team keeps winning, I'm going to be happy.'' The overtime wins by the Senators and New York Rangers eliminated the Winnipeg Jets from the playoff chase. Ottawa had lost its pre...
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