The game of hockey has been known to humble the stars of its most powerful – even on days that are supposed to be.
On his return to Ottawa as a member of the Sharks San Jose Sea, Erik Karlsson stir passions on both benches, and stands & # 39; Canadian Center for almost packed tires, but left the building lost on the end of & # 39; his former team the Senators.
"It was a great experience, I had a lot fun out there, even if it was not a great game and I am not happy with & # 39; any way," said Karlsson. "But I'm excited to move to Montreal and hopefully say this mess out."
M & # 39; have a look now, but the Sharks (12-10-5) dropped four feared & # 39; straight while the Senators of rebuilding improved to 12-12-3 by a third their straight victory. At home, Ottawa is 9-4-2 impressive.
You can not do this material, Karlsson closed despite pumping & # 39; 13 shots to former goalkeeper Craig Anderson, nine & # 39; register them as shots on goal. Meanwhile, Mikkel Boedker, one of the three ex-Sharks in the line & # 39; Ottawa, contributed target and three aids. Chris Tierney – b & # 39; assistance – and Dylan DeMelo are the other sharks.
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The unique feature of & # 39; the first free and smooth elapsed period was the video tribute to Karlsson, who'd b & # 39; standing offer from the crowd & # 39; 17 531, (though not for the duration of salute when Daniel Alfredsson returned to the Detroit Red Wings). The observation montage intently from the bank Sharks was Karlsson, helmet & # 39; out. When it was over, he jumped over the boards, made a slight detour and waved thank you.
"It was fun," said Karlsson. "I think we did a good job of focusing on the game. At the same time, I got the experience & # 39; the good things that went on."
Karlsson thanked personnel for Senators tribute. Regarding & # 39; his former teammates, says it will be viewed in & # 39; in January, f & # 39; San Jose.
Look at the stands was Alfredsson himself, a rare appearance in the arena for the man that his No. 11 hangs from the cover.
Alfredsson, who told a reporter that it was a game in & # 39; years, Karlsson urged to try to enjoy this house, something that was when he was in turn. Too stressful, Alfie said.
On the ice, Karlsson seemed to enjoy himself, firmly committed, cast & # 39; shots on the net across the other, shaking his head in & # 39; very close. During games & # 39; the second-period power, initially 5-on-3, Karlsson was hunted the puck with & # 39; Brent Burns, who sent Pavelski on the left, before No. 8 made the wheels & # 39; Joe Thornton to cap. Too bad m & # 39; there is no third assistance hockey.
A few minutes later, Karlsson came a defensive gem, f & # 39; radius of foot & # 39; off & # 39; away with the fleet wings & # 39; Ottawa, Ryan Dzingel, Karlsson turned his ship around Dzingel to reach the puck to left rib and into & # 39; out.
That preserved a 1-1 tie midway in the game.
Two subsequent goals 49 seconds between them put the Sharks in hole & # 39; 3-1 from which they could not recover. The races & # 39; 6-foot-6 defenseman career of & # 39; Ben Harpur first and third & # 39; & # 39 Boedker of; the season turned the game on employed at the end of the second period. Apparently the Deep Sea sottovalimaw these two in their pre-scout.
Stories have been written Karlsson scored the game winner. As these things often go, the reality meant more pressure of & # 39; San Jose, behind.
Karlsson wanted this game bad. Cut & # 39; What? The Senators also made.
The purpose of & # 39; the power of & # 39; Mark Stone in the third San Jose buried.
"We're struggling right now," said Karlsson. "We'll go through such periods throughout the year. We teach many things. We have a better team than what we saw in the last four & # 39; or five games here.
"We know that. And at the end of the day is f & # 39; our fingers in the locker room to understand that and find out how to get & # 39; back to the team that we know we can be."
Anderson made several brilliant saves, including one by Thornton in the third period caught round & # 39; "Andy! Andy!" Chants.
Another pain for EK65 During the game, all the gear & # 39; Karlsson Ottawa Senators in the store was assigned as 50 percent & # 39; away. Memories.
TAKE IT IS GROWING
They say growing fast in hockey.
Karlsson is a prime example. We first saw a little over ten years ago, on the night & # 39; & # 39 in draft, this same arena (then called Scotiabank Place).
Here was this Swedish hoods had faced could & # 39; last for 14, announced by Ottawa captain Alfredsson as 15 American pick & # 39; Ottawa. With his hair cut short and house & # 39; 10K runner, f & # 39; 5-foot-10, he could & # 39; PEZA 150 pounds.
This was the future of the franchise?
"He (Sergei) Zubov, without cigarettes," enthused European European scout for Karlsson.
One Swedish isputuri the Senators, Anders Forsberg, said & # 39; Karlsson: "he will not fail, because they will not let himself fail".
Soles & # 39; other drafts, f & # 39; several stages, fell to this group, but had moxie that no one of the biggest prospects could & # 39; manage.
"Hi, I'm Erik Karlsson, the first round pick", said, beaming, to draft & # 39; all fellow draft. Here was a player who was born with & # 39; confidence.
As he says, he came to Ottawa as a child, grew up here, and patient fans found his game in the first season, 2009-10. We watched him grow up to be more defensive with Senators & # 39; & # 39 talents; each time. He played hurt, returning early from surgery & # 39; Achilles and then from mċarġjata ankle.
In 2016-17, Ottawa Karlsson seen the best, maybe the best hockey player on the planet & # 39; that season, which led to the defeat of the Senators team in the final of Eastern Conference.
The last season with ankle surgery runs with & # 39; in his summer training, Karlsson was not himself. He was absent from the first step wizardry, and moved & # 39; away from strict system head coach Guy Boucher.
Ironically, the most flashiest player to ever wear the uniform still remaining, and now the Senators lost kids change entertaining hockey. Fortunately, his Karlsson provided enough over the years.
At 28, it increases, physically, f & # 39; & # 39 seven, foot and 190 pounds. What a hair cut short and now is the mane & # 39; Thor. In the warmup of & # 39; before the game, sans barrel, Karlsson low imxaqlef and then whipped his head back, his hair following a hirsute torrent.
Life continues in & # 39; & # 39 with ten years; one organization. Karlsson started as a tenant in the house & # 39; Alfredsson, a & # 39; often babysitting to young children & # 39; Alfie and his wife Bibi. Karlsson married young, and soon the bond with his second wife, Melinda, have suffered horrible losses in & # 39; last March when their son was still dead. It has become part of an online alleged harassment was equally shocking.
Ottawa għassah grow in & # 39; parent, player & # 39; superstars, leaving at & # 39; difficult path when Karlsson, the Senators were never on the same page on the renewal of his contract.
Saturday, he came home and was part of a game to enjoy the Senators fans. With their joy came thinking has encouraged & # 39; how quickly can pass ten years, in all our lives.