Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/17/12
Erik Karlsson has already joined elite company. In the process, he's doing the same for the Ottawa Senators. Karlsson looks to continue his torrid scoring pace and help the Senators create some breathing room atop the Northeast Division when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The 21-year-old Karlsson leads all NHL defensemen with 71 points, a franchise record that has also made him the youngest blue-liner with that many points since Hall of Famer Brian Leetch finished with 71 in 1988-89. Karlsson has been particularly outstanding over the past 15 games, totaling 11 goals and 12 assists. He's helped Ottawa go 9-3-3 in that span, overtaking reigning Stanley Cup champion Boston by one point for the Northeast lead in the process. The Senators (37-25-10) surpassed the Bruins on Friday, when Karlsson assisted on a goal by Filip Kuba with 1:53 left in overtime to give Ottawa a 2-1 home win over Montreal. "It means a lot of hard work by all those guys across the hallw...
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