To think Erik Karlsson, two Norris Trophies and eight seasons into a career fast-tracked for the Hall of Fame, still had something to prove seemed a little dubious.
The dynamic Senators defenseman laid to rest any lingering doubt now that he, in his best act yet, has Ottawa in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 10 years Kids Football Jerseys Cheap following Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Rangers, ending their second-round playoff series in six games.
Hampered by hairline fractures in his left heel since March, Karlsson’s playoff run has been nothing short of remarkable.
The captain’s brilliance was on display yet again. He set up the game’s first goal and scored the eventual winner in the second period, then limped into the Senators’ dressing room having skated a game-high 28:44. He leads all playoff defensemen with 13 points in 12 games, including a three-assist effort in Game 5.
“You know what, I can’t explain it,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said when asked about Karlsson’s ability to play at a high level through injury.
Given all that transpired a season ago, Winnipeg signed veteran netminder Steve Mason. Entering his 11th season, the Ontario native spent the past four-plus seasons as a member of the Flyers, posting largely steady underlying numbers. Hellebuyck, a restricted free agent, was brought back on a one-year contract.
“I look at it as a great opportunity,” Mason said when he signed a two-year contract in July. “Every goaltender wants to be a number one goaltender, and I think there’s an opportunity here to work with Connor Lebron James Cheap Jerseys and play lots of hockey. Working with it, our goal is going to be able to provide the Jets with some real Knicks Cheap Jerseys consistent, strong goaltending night in and night out, regardless Knicks Cheap Jerseys of who is in the net.”