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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose Sharks defenseman Radim Simek needs surgery for torn ligaments in his right knee.
General manager Doug Wilson said Thursday that Simek tore his ACL and MCL...
Injured Karlsson could still take part in All-Star Weekend
WASHINGTON (AP) — There is still a chance San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson takes part in NHL All-Star Weekend despite missing the final three games before the break with an injury.
Sharks coach Peter DeBoer says Karlsson went back to California for more tests on what the team is calling a lower-body injury. DeBoer didn't have any further update on Karlsson before his team faced the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals.
NHL tests puck and player tracking in regular-season games
LAS VEGAS (AP) — On one screen live video was showing how many feet per second Erik Karlsson was skating. On another was a video-game-like visualization of the game on the ice below between Vegas and San Jose. Nearby screens flashed prop bets — where the next goal would be scored from? would Max Pacioretty skate 3 miles tonight? — as odds were updated by the second.
Kane, Donskoi each score 2 goals as Sharks top Oilers 7-2
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Another day, another big game for San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson.
Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi each scored two goals, Karlsson had three assists again and the Sharks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Karlsson has at least one assist in 14 consecutive appearances. He has 25 points (one goal, 24 assists) during that span, and three assists in each of his last two games.
Karlsson has 3 assists as Sharks top Kings 3-1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The blockbuster trade that sent Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks during the offseason didn't pay immediate dividends. But the two-time Norris Trophy winner has emerged as one of the team's most impactful players lately.
Karlsson had three assists, Tomas Hertl scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and the surging Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 on Monday night.
Kane scores 2, Sharks win 5-2 to end Lightning point streak
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Missing three regular defensemen, the San Jose Sharks got a complete team effort and handed the Tampa Bay Lightning their first regulation loss in 5 1/2 weeks.
Evander Kane scored two goals to reach 200 for his career as the Sharks beat Tampa Bay 5-2 on Saturday night, snapping the NHL-leading Lightning's 16-game point streak.
Pavelski, Burns get 4 points each as Sharks beat Avs 5-4
DENVER (AP) — It was an All-Star night for Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns.
Pavelski and Burns each had a goal and three assists, Martin Jones made 31 saves and the San Jose Sharks held off the slumping Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Wednesday.
The four-point games by the San Jose stars came hours after they were chosen for the Pacific Division squad in the All-Star Game to be played at the Sharks' arena on Jan. 26.
"It'll be different in our hometown," Pavelski said. "Just excited to be a part of it."
Karlsson, Couture lift Sharks over Oilers 7-4
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Erik Karlsson's two-game suspension didn't slow him down one bit.
Karlsson returned with a goal and three assists, Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson each scored twice, and the San Jose Sharks beat the slumping Edmonton Oilers 7-4 on Saturday.
Karlsson had been banned for an illegal check to the head of Kings forward Austin Wagner.
Sharks’ Karlsson suspended 2 games for illegal check
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson was suspended two games without pay by the NHL on Sunday for an illegal check to the head of Los Angeles Kings forward Austin Wagner.
The incident occurred early in the second period of the Kings' 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks on Saturday. Wagner left the game after getting taken down by Karlsson on a hard hit near center ice. After getting back on his feet, Wagner's legs came out from under him. No penalty was called.
Chabot scores in OT, Senators recover to beat Predators 4-3
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Thomas Chabot saw an opening and took it, saving the Senators two points in the process.
Chabot scored 21 seconds into overtime and Ottawa recovered after blowing a three-goal lead to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 on Monday night.
Chabot's goal was his tenth of the season and put him first among NHL defensemen with 36 points.
Heiskanen, Ritchie score in 3rd, Stars beat Sharks 3-2
DALLAS (AP) — Ben Bishop bought enough time for Dallas to rally for its fourth consecutive victory.
Bishop made a season-high 41 saves and Miro Heiskanen and Brett Ritchie scored in the third period, sending the Stars to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Friday night.
"Ben Bishop's the reason why we won that game," coach Jim Montgomery said. "We were bad in the first, and thank God, Ben Bishop wasn't."
Senators beat Sharks 6-2 in Karlsson’s return to Ottawa
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — On the occasion of Erik Karlsson's return to Ottawa, it was a former Shark who shined brighter.
Mikkel Boedker had a goal and three assists, Craig Anderson stopped 36 shots and the Senators beat their former captain and San Jose 6-2 on Saturday, sending the Sharks to their fourth straight loss.
The Senators have three former Sharks on their roster with Boedker, Chris Tierney and Dylan DeMelo.
Thornton reaches another milestone, Sharks top Canucks 4-0
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The decision to add Erik Karlsson to an already formidable San Jose Sharks lineup during the offseason looked like a questionable move when the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman got off to a humdrum start.
With the 28-year-old starting to hit his stride, the deal now seems to be paying off.
Karlsson scores 1st goal with Sharks in 4-0 win over Blues
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Erik Karlsson gathered a rebound in the slot and beat Chad Johnson with a slap shot, finally shedding the burden of searching for his first goal with a new team.
The star defenseman sparked a three-goal outburst for San Jose in less than five minutes of the second period, and Aaron Dell earned his fourth career shutout as the Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 on Saturday night.
Logan Couture has hat trick to lead Sharks past Sabres 5-1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have been struggling to score on the power play early this season. Splitting up star defensemen Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson to put them on different units helped do the trick.
Logan Couture had his third career hat trick and the Sharks scored three times on the power play to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 Thursday night in their first game back from a five-game road trip.
Chabot scores twice, leads Senators past Maple Leafs 5-3
TORONTO (AP) — The play of Thomas Chabot might help the Ottawa Senators get over the loss of Erik Karlsson.
Chabot had two goals and an assist, Craig Anderson made 34 saves, and the Senators defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 on Saturday night.
Dylan DeMelo and Chris Tierney, who were among the players acquired from the San Jose Sharks in a trade for Karlsson, also scored for Ottawa. Mark Stone added an empty-net goal with 24.3 seconds left.
Ducks spoil Karlsson’s Sharks debut with 5-2 win in opener
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tomas Hertl scored a short-handed goal for the highlight reel and the Shark Tank started rocking on opening night. Then the Anaheim Ducks responded almost immediately and took over the game to spoil the party in San Jose.
Sharks set sights on Stanley Cup after Karlsson trade
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Coach Peter DeBoer embraced the high expectations for the San Jose Sharks after general manager Doug Wilson presented him two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson on the eve of training camp.
A franchise that perpetually has fallen just short so many times now has the pieces in place to win it all.
Sharks add Erik Karlsson for big boost to blue line
SAN JOSE SHARKS
LAST SEASON: 45-27-10, 100 points. Third place in Pacific Division. Lost to Vegas Golden Knights in Western Conference semifinals.
COACH: Peter DeBoer (fourth season, 11th NHL season).
ADDED: D Erik Karlsson, F Antti Suomela, F Rourke Chartier.
LOST: F Chris Tierney, D Dylan DeMelo, F Mikkel Boedker, F Eric Fehr, F Joel Ward, F Jannik Hansen, D Paul Martin.
Erik Karlsson looks to fit in on 1st day with Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Erik Karlsson was handed a teal San Jose Sharks sweater and immediately proclaimed: "It fits."
Karlsson's first day with the Sharks went off without a hitch Wednesday. He paired up with Marc-Edouard Vlasic on defense in practice, took part in 3-on-3 drills with fellow Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns and began a new chapter in his career after nine seasons as the face of the Ottawa Senators.
Sharks open training camp with healthy Joe Thornton
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Getting a healthy Joe Thornton back on the ice was supposed to be the biggest change when the San Jose Sharks began training camp this season.
That all changed when general manager Doug Wilson made a blockbuster trade to acquire two-time Norris Trophy winning defenseman Erik Karlsson, immediately turning the Sharks from a contender to one of the favorites in the Western Conference.
Thursday’s Sports in Brief
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks acquired two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators, making a blockbuster addition to the roster after missing out on high-scoring center John Tavares in free agency.
Sharks acquire Erik Karlsson from Senators
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — General manager Doug Wilson began the offseason by making a run to add John Tavares to the San Jose Sharks. When that move failed and Tavares signed with Toronto, Wilson stood pat instead of rushing into a lesser move.
Patience paid off on the eve of the start of training camp.
Preds see teams piling up talent, fighting to be West’s best
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators captain Roman Josi heard about San Jose trading for Erik Karlsson just before talking with reporters at the start of Nashville's training camp.
Yep, the Predators haven't even raised the banner yet for winning the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team in the regular season, and it's already ancient history — at least in the arms' race that is the Western Conference.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed top draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Buffalo selected the 18-year-old defenseman from Sweden with the first pick in last month's draft.
The signing was announced by the team Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The maximum value of an entry-level contract for a No. 1 pick is $11.325 million over three years.
Plenty of trade chatter heading into NHL draft
DALLAS (AP) — A year after shaking up his team with trades at the draft that altered the landscape of the NHL, Stan Bowman isn't letting on that he'll make the same kinds of moves now.
"I learned to never try to predict the future," the Chicago Blackhawks general manager said. "It's difficult to predict the magnitude of changes as we go forward."
DALLAS (AP) — The Ottawa Senators are dealing with crisis after crisis at every level.
Former captain Daniel Alfredsson called for owner Eugene Melnyk to sell the team, assistant general manager Randy Lee is suspended pending his court date on a harassment charge, and 20-goal scorer Mike Hoffman was traded amid an off-ice dispute with captain Erik Karlsson, whose own future is uncertain.
Thirteen months ago, the Senators were a goal away from the Stanley Cup Final. Now they're in turmoil.
The Ottawa Senators traded winger Mike Hoffman on Tuesday, hoping to solve an ugly off-ice issue involving star defenseman Erik Karlsson and his wife.
The Senators sent Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks, who then dealt him to the Florida Panthers. All told, the two transactions involved four players and six draft picks.
Karlsson’s wife: Partner of teammate harassed couple
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The wife of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson has filed an order of protection against the girlfriend of one of Karlsson's teammates, alleging harassment and cyberbullying.
In an application for a peace bond filed May 4 in an Ottawa court, Melinda Karlsson alleges that Monika Caryk posted hundreds of derogatory online messages aimed at her and her husband. Caryk is the longtime partner of Senators forward Mike Hoffman.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson won't play Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, and coach Guy Boucher says he's not expecting the defenseman to join the team for its final two games.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — One day after being eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight year, the reeling New York Islanders were glad to get another win.
Andrew Ladd scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.
Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson also scored to help New York get just its third win in 17 games (3-10-4). Jaroslav Halak stopped 33 shots.
Hurricanes spoil Karlsson’s return, beat Senators 5-2
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes keep trying to do their part to preserve their slim playoff hopes.
Phillip Di Giusseppe and Jordan Staal each had a goal and assist to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Brock McGinn, Noah Hanifin and Jeff Skinner also scored, and Cam Ward stopped 34 shots as Carolina remained nine points behind New Jersey, which also won, for the last wild card in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining.
Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson was scratched from Tuesday night's game after he learned and announced that he and his wife, Melinda Karlsson, had lost their unborn son.
Their first child had been expected this spring, according to a report.
Senators say son of captain Erik Karlsson has died
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators say the son of captain Erik Karlsson has died.
Erik and Melinda Karlsson were married last year and announced in November they were expecting their first child in the spring. Karlsson had been posting on social media about his son's upcoming birth, most recently sharing a photo of he and Melinda on Feb. 19 with the caption "just me and my little family."
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Florida Panthers beat up the Senators on a night when Ottawa was already playing with heavy hearts.
Jared McCann had a goal and two assists to lead Florida over the Senators 7-2 on Tuesday as Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson sat out following the death of his son.
When the Penguins acquired center Derick Brassard from Ottawa on Friday, giving themselves an offensive attack that looks like a matchup nightmare for any potential playoff opponent, it was one of the first shots fired in what already has become a heated Eastern Conference arms race.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — On a Florida road trip against two streaking teams, the Ottawa Senators have been no pushovers at all.
Mike Hoffman scored two goals and six other Ottawa players had multipoint games as the Senators beat Tampa Bay 7-4 on Tuesday night, ending the Lightning's 10-game run without a regulation loss.
One night earlier, the struggling Senators (25-33-11) halted an eight-game home winning streak for the Florida Panthers.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Ottawa Senators had a fast start and a strong finish, and they needed both against one of the hottest teams in the NHL.
Matt Duchene scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with three minutes left, to lift the Senators over the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Monday night.
Magnus Paajarvi also had two goals for Ottawa, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau added one late. Craig Anderson made 35 saves, and Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman each added two assists.
Karlsson scores in overtime, Senators beat Stars 3-2
DALLAS (AP) — Craig Anderson was in good spirits after Erik Karlsson's goal 2:19 into overtime lifted the Ottawa Senators over the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime on Monday night.
Anderson, who made 31 saves, spoke tongue-in-cheek about 3-on-3 play in OT and even threw in a Scandinavian pun.
"I think 3-on-3 is one of our strong suits. Maybe we should try to take coinciding penalties throughout the game and get 3-on-3 going in the regular game.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prior to Monday's trade deadline, Vegas fans were hoping to pry two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators.
After Friday night, they probably can't wait to see him leave town.
Karlsson had three assists, including one to Alexandre Burrows on his third-period winner, to lift Ottawa over the Golden Knights 5-4.
Vegas takes a bit of a gamble with Tatar deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Of all the clubs that made deals before the NHL's trade deadline, a surprise team took perhaps the biggest gamble.
The expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
They rolled the dice by trading three high draft picks for Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar.
Hoffman scores in OT as Senators rally past Sabres, 3-2
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Mike Hoffman joked with Robin Lehner earlier in the day that he was going to get a goal against his former teammate.
Hours later Hoffman did just that, scoring 1:13 into overtime Thursday night to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Hoffman took a cross-ice pass from Erik Karlsson and beat Lehner with a one-timer from the left side to end Ottawa's two-game skid.
Karlsson scores in OT to end Senators’ skid at 6 games
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Erik Karlsson scored in overtime in his 600th NHL game, and still the Ottawa Senators had to contend with bad news at the end of Thursday night.
Karlsson scored 32 seconds into overtime to lift Ottawa over the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 and snap a six-game skid, but the Senators may be without Bobby Ryan for a stretch after he re-aggravated a hand injury.
Dzingel scores 2, Senators beat league-best Lightning 6-3
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators are playing with confidence and it's showing.
Ryan Dzingel scored twice and Mark Stone had a goal and two assists to help the Ottawa Senators beat the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning 6-3 on Saturday night.
Matt Duchene, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored for the Senators, who have won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 13-16.
"We're starting to come," Stone said. "It shows character and the ability to stick together as a team."
Detroit — Andreas Athanasiou didn't waste any time in overtime.
Athanasiou got control of the puck after the Red Wings won the faceoff, skated in on goalie Craig Anderson, and beat the goalie just six seconds into overtime, giving the Red Wings a 2-1 victory over Ottawa on Wednesday.
It was Athanasiou's eighth goal and second of the night, capping another game in which he excelled.
It was the third consecutive victory for the Red Wings (16-16-7, 39 points).
Senators hold off Jackets 5-4 to end 4-game slide
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators found their offense — at least for a night.
Mark Stone and Bobby Ryan scored in the third period and the Senators held off the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 on Friday night.
Derick Brassard, Nick Paul and Matt Duchene also scored for the Senators, and Mike Condon made 21 saves to help Ottawa snap a four-game losing streak.
Staal’s 2 goals help Wild rally past Senators 6-4
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The slumping Minnesota Wild looked a little more like a Western Conference contender by the end of Tuesday night.
Eric Staal scored twice, Nate Prosser had a goal and an assist and the Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4.