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Senators’ coach MacLean: Karlsson ‘wasn’t one of the best players’

May 17, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators’ dynamic young defenseman Erik Karlsson struggled,and the his team is now in deep against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

In Friday’s 4-3 to the Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal, Karlsson was a minus-two.

To make matters worse, he was the blue liner Sidney Crosby dangled around to open the scoring early in the first period.

That goal was the first of three on the night for Crosby, and the beginning of a tough guy game for Karlsson.

Senators’ coach Paul MacLean – a finalist for the Jack Adams Award – had some strong words for Karlsson following the game.

“On our team the best players play; Erik wasn’t one of the best players so he didn’t play,” said MacLean about Karlsson, as per a tweet from TSN Radio 1050.

Karlsson’s ice-time was reduced drastically in Game 2. He had 21 shifts for 15:37 in time on ice. Compare that to Game 1, when he had 27 shifts for 26:58.

  1. northstarnic - May 17, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Wild fans take note, and this kid is barely more than a rookie. Contrast this to how the wild handles Koivu and responsibility among top players they don’t perform.

  2. phillyphannn83 - May 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Did you write this with your IPhone? This has auto correct written all over it. I thought journalism 101 was proofread, edit, proofread, submit.

  3. charleslouis99 - May 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    But he won the Norris a year ago?

  4. dubblelznhell - May 18, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Yeah coach stated that AFTER being sucked into the question by reporters who felt slighted by Karlsons response to their questioning of his mistakes. Everyone’s gotta be a yes man in order to sustain in this day and age…

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