PITTSBURGH — Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson will need surgery to repair his left Achilles after the tendon was cut by a skate blade late in the second period Wednesday night against Pittsburgh.
The Norris Trophy winner last season as the NHL’s top defenceman, Karlsson was cut by Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s skate blade as the two tangled along the boards.
Karlsson leads NHL defencemen with six goals, scoring three times in his previous four games. He had a short-handed goal to help the Senators beat Buffalo 2-0 on Tuesday night.
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Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson (65) grimaces as he falls to the ice after colliding with Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Cooke, left, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
Photograph by: Gene J. Puskar, AP