The Ottawa Senators are already without All-Star center Jason Spezza, and were dealt another big blow last night against the Penguins.
With under 25 seconds left in the second period, defenseman Erik Karlsson is taken into the boards by Penguins forward Matt Cooke.
Cooke’s skate comes off the ice and clips Karlsson in the back of the leg. Karlsson is in immediate pain and struggles to get off the ice without putting any pressure on it.
It was later revealed that Karlsson suffered a lacerated Achilles and will require surgery. He will be out indefinitely.
Since it involved Matt Cooke, many people were wondering if it was done intentionally.
To make matters worse for the Senators, it appears that 15 seconds prior to Karlsson’s injury, the puck may have clear the glass behind the Penguins net but was kept in play by the netting. The refs didn’t notice it, but a couple Senators point towards the netting.