Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson will be out indefinitely after suffering a lower leg injury in Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Karlsson get tangled up with Matt Cooke of the Penguins against the boards and Cooke’s skate made contact with Karlsson’s Achilles and cut the tendon. Karlsson was helped off the ice and the incident left people wondering whether or not Cooke intentionally delivered the blow.
Last season’s Norris Trophy winner will now undergo surgery to repair the sliced tendon.
Karlsson leads NHL defensemen with six goals and was well on his way to being a candidate to repeat as Norris Trophy winner. Unfortunately, his chances take a major hit because of the injury.
For the record, I do not believe that Cooke intentionally injured Karlsson. It was just an unfortunate collision that could sideline Karlsson for a majority of the season’s remaining games.
Here is video of the incident, so watch it and determine for yourself if the injury was caused from an intentional blow: