Sens' Karlsson Records Two Assists In Game 4: Erik Karlsson notched two assists in the Senators' 7-3 loss to the Penguins on Wednesday. (Updated 5/22/13)
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With the Pens now up 3-1 and the series heading back to Pittsburgh for Game 5, Erik Karlsson and his teammates will need to play a whole lot better to avoid elimination Friday. (Updated 5/22/13).
05/22/2013 22:37 Sens' Karlsson Records Two Assists In Game 4
Karlsson notched two assists in the Senators' 7-3 loss to the Penguins on Wednesday.With the Pens now up 3-1 and the series heading back to Pittsburgh for Game 5, Karlsson and his teammates will need to play a whole lot better to avoid elimination Friday.
Erik Karlsson was arguably last year's biggest surprise, at least to those who didnt follow the Senators that closely before the 2011-12 season. After posting 45 points and a minus-30 rating in 75 games in 2010-11, Karlsson exploded for 19 goals and 59 assists in 81 games, finishing with a respectable plus-16 rating. In fact, what may surprise many is that 50 of his 78 points came at even strength, which clearly illustrates that hes not just a one-dimensional power play specialist. At the end of the regular season there certainly was a strong anti-Karlsson vibe amongst the hockey cognoscenti when it came to voting for the Norris Trophy, but, in the end, Karlssons numbers and overall play were simply too strong too ignore: he was the first defenseman since Paul Coffey to finish in the top 10 in scoring and he lead all other defensemen in scoring by at least 25 points, the most in over 20 years. Hes the youngest Norris trophy winner since Bobby Orr, who won the trophy at the ripe old age of 20. So, what can fantasy owners expect from Karlsson this season? He should top 20 goals for the first time in his career and he should get at least 50 assists. Karlssons one of the most gifted skaters to come along in quite a while and possesses an elite hockey IQ and puck skills. Hell play a ton of minutes on the powerplay and at even strength; look for head coach Paul MacLean to begin easing him into more penalty kill time as Karlsson will be another year stronger and smarter this season. (Updated 8/14/12)