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When Matt Cooke's skate cut through Erik Karlsson's Achilles tendon back in February, hockey fans and writers universally assumed that it meant the end to the defenseman's 2013 season. Shockingly, Karlsson has not only returned to practicing with his team, but he is reportedly ready to return as soon as Thursday when the Senators battle the Washington Capitals.
Karlsson's status against the Capitals is yet to be determined (He says he has a "slim chance"), but the fact we're even talking about the defenseman playing in a game this season is pretty remarkable.
Karlsson suffered a 70% cut to his Achilles tendon. If that sentence alone isn't enough to make you cringe, here's video of the hit.
Keep in mind that this gruesome injury happened in the middle of February. As we write this article it's April 24th, a little over two months after the injury and the following surgery. It's unfathomable that a man tha...
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The original diagnosis on Erik Karlsson‘s Achilles injury was that the Ottawa Senators defenseman would be out 4-to-6 months. It turns out, however, that he only needed a two and a half.
Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean told reporters following Thursday’s morning skate that Karlsson will indeed be in the lineup Thursday night when the Sens take on the Washington Capitals.
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...
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All season long, the undermanned Ottawa Senators did just enough to stay inside of the top-eight in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
But, it took the return of the reigning Norris Trophy winner to put them over the top.
Erik Karlsson, who was feared lost for the regular season and beyond with a brutal achilles tendon injury suffered...
For the third time in three tries this season, Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators used their stingy style of play to beat the Washington Capitals.
The latest victory assured the Senators of a trip to the playoffs.
And guess who Ottawa might face in a best-of-seven series starting next week?
Sergei Gonchar scored a power-play goal 47 seconds into overtime on Erik Karlsson...
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Nine weeks ago, the Ottawa Senators feared Erik Karlsson lost for the season and beyond after losing 70% of his achilles tendon in a mid-February game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Thursday, at the Verizon Center, Erik Karlsson was slotted into the team's lineup -- a recovery completed weeks, if not months ahead of schedule.
Erik Karlsson is the best PR tool that the Senators organization is blessed with. When videotape evidence captured the 2012 Norris Trophy winner skating for what was presumably one of the first times since having surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, Ottawa was in the midst of a four-game losing streak that sent them plummeting towards the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff...
A pair of gender-related comments have me shaking my head this morning, I suppose proving that hockey is an equal-opportunity sport when it comes to placing one's feet in one's mouth (perhaps on both sides of the digital voice recorder).
When Matt Cooke played in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-1 win over Ottawa, visiting Canada's capital for the first time since accidentally...
On Monday evening, the Pittsburgh Penguins traveled to Scotiabank Place to take on the Ottawa Senators in their first trip to the Canadian capital since Erik Karlsson’s Achilles tendon was partially severed by Cooke's skate. While the spotlight should’ve been on the Penguins’ 3-1 victory, the main headline became about an interaction between Cooke and Don Brennan, a reporter...
Erik Karlsson will play tonight against the Washington Capitals. #TheReturn
— Ottawa Senators (@NHL_Sens) April 25, 2013
71 days after a 70% laceration of his Achilles and #65 is back in the lineup somewhow.
Are we invigorated, hopeful, concerned, awed, and slaves to a cult of personality?
Yes all those things, listed here in song form.
a) Mark Morrison -...
Well the saying " don't tell them dick," just got a new meaning.
There is no way we could ever make this up. Don Brennan, who is a complete nutjob, wrote one of the more bizarre columns of all-time shortly after the Penguins beat the Senators.
Brennan and his disdain for the Penguins is very well documented.
But even this is a little extreme. Brennan apparenty...
Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Ottawa to play the Senators and this will be the first matchup between the Senators and Penguins since the defenseman Erik Karlsson was injured by a check by Matt Cooke. From reading some of the news articles around the web, it would appear that this is going to be one of those must watch games.
One almost has to suspect there will be...
Claiming the Southeast Division title was an impressive feat for the Washington Capitals given their slow start.
Reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, meanwhile, could provide a huge boost to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night as they seek the victory that would reward them with a postseason spot of their own.
In this compressed lockout season, reaching the playoffs ...
The Ottawa Senators were the team with something to play for but you would have never known it by their approach to the game. This contest was just weird. Everything about it. Even down to the pregame. Matt Cooke told an Ottawa reporter that he had no balls so the guy decided to write a…
Oh man. Grab yourselves. Some huge ones.
The big one is Ottawa heading to Washington. The Pens' recent game in Ottawa has us really pulling for Ottawa to move up in the standings. It's not that we think the Pens would have trouble with them, but it's just that the Matt Cooke stuff is already pretty tired. Actually, take a look at betting on the Sens tonight...