Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Ottawa Senators suffered another blow in their regular-season campaign after a news broke that defenseman Erik Karlsson needs a surgery to repair his damaged left Achilles.
The Senators, who already lost Jason Spezza for six to eight weeks due to a herniated disc in his back, will also have to play the remainder of the season with their top blue line defender.
Karlsson suffered the injury when his tendon was cut by Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s skate when the two players were tangled up on the boards Wednesday.
Karlsson could be a big loss for the Senators, who boast a 7-5-2 (16 points) record. They will miss a defenseman who has already produced six goals and four assists.
“Him and I were engaged and he went down screaming,” said Cooke, who’s notorious for questionable hits, some of them are head shots that injured opposing players. “I didn’t even know what happened. It’s a complete accident, and obviously I feel terrible about it. … It’s scary.”