One night after Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson was found guilty of submitting a “Dive of the Year” candidate, he suffered what looks to be a pretty serious injury. Karlsson and Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke battled for the puck in the corner when, as the video shows, Cooke seemed to bring his skate down hard on the back of Karlsson’s left ankle.
Karlsson immediately fell to the ice, and when he attempted to get up to skate off, he grimaced in pain and threw his stick. Cooke, who is widely known as an NHL pest, has been suspended multiple times for dirty hits. Was this intentional? I’ll let you decide.
The Senators’ Twitter feed reported that Karlsson will needed surgery to repair the laceration:
And the video of the play:
You can that Brendan Shanahan will review this tape once or several times.