Erik Karlsson’s ongoing foot issues flared up again Sunday, relegating the Senators’ captain to the locker room for the final period of a 7-0 loss to the Penguins in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Karlsson, who’s played the entire postseason with fractures in his left foot, appeared to aggravate the injury when he became entangled with Pittsburgh forward Scott Wilson and twisted his ankle toward the end of the second period. The defenseman went to the locker room and didn’t return for the start of the third period with the Senators trailing 5-0.
Cody Ceci and Derick Brassard joined Karlsson in the dressing room for the third period with undisclosed injuries.
Senators coach cheap nhl jerseys authentic Guy Boucher said after the game all three players were “resting” and could have played if the outcome had been in doubt.
“The score wasn’t what we wanted. We decided to shorten down the bench and get ready for the next game,” Karlsson told reporters.
The Norris Trophy finalist has had no trouble playing through the pain over the last month. In the second round, he was forced to miss the third period of a Game 5 loss to the Rangers because of the injury and returned to scored five points in the final two games of the series to help the Sens to the East finals.
Karlsson, who leads the team with 15 playoff points, skated 12:36 before his exit Sunday.
Asked if he’ll be able to play Tuesday as the Senators attempt to force a Game 7, Karlsson said his injury is a non-issue.
“Oh yeah, absolutely,” he said. “Same as against the Rangers, same mentality, same thing. We all need to move on from this pretty quick. It’s wrong to say but I’d rather lose like this than in overtime or anything.”