Senators lose Erik Karlsson to injury during Senators-Penguins game, a recap of the Stars-Flames game, plus the latest on Evander Kane, Joffrey Lupul, Manny Malhotra and more.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/OTTAWA CITIZEN: A serious injury to Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson overshadowed the Penguins 4-2 victory over the Senators. Karlsson will require possible season-ending surgery to repair a lacerated left Achilles tendon after it was cut by the skate blade of Penguins forward Matt Cooke.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a serious blow for a Senators team already missing star center Jason Spezza until the end of April and with Milan Michalek hobbled by a lower body injury. Senators GM Bryan Murray was furious, accusing Cooke of deliberately injuring Karlsson, the 2012 Norris Trophy winner. Despite Cooke’s previous reputation for dirty play, the video indicates this was an accident.
Cooke denied he tried to hurt Karlsson, claiming he was simply battling for the puck. It has yet to be determined if the league will review the play to determine if supplemental discipline is required. There was no penalty on the play.
CALGARY HERALD/DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Cammalleri ended his scoring drought with a hat trick and Flames captain Jarome Iginla had two assists and a fighting major as the Flames downed the Dallas Stars 7-4. Brenden Morrow scored twice for the Stars.
WINNIPEG SUN: In an upcoming interview with The Hockey News, Jets star Evander Kane claimed racism was behind some of the criticism he’s received.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In my opinion, much of the criticism Kanes receives is because he’s young, cocky, outspoken and wealthy, but I agree that some of the criticism could be because he’s black.
TORONTO STAR: It could take another month until Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul, who is sidelined with a broken forearm, returns to action.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Manny Malhotra’s absence from the Canucks lineup for personal reasons is giving Andrew Ebbett an opportunity to get more playing time.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jack Todd points out the Canadiens need to get bigger and tougher, something they haven’t been in two decades.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not as though the Canadiens haven’t drafted big, tough players. The problem is those players rarely pan out. Successive managements have also had a fetish for overstocking the Habs with small, speedy forwards via trades and free agency, but fail to bring in enough players with size, skill and toughness.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The slumping Oilers need points soon before embarking on a nine-game road trip.