Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson suffered a laceration to his left Achilles tendon  that will require surgery and likely knock him out for the rest of the season. Karlsson, the 2012 Norris Trophy winner, was injured when Penguins  forward Matt Cooke ‘s skate caught his heel during a scrum on the boards late in the second period Wednesday night’s game in Pittsburgh.
Cooke, who has been suspended numerous times for illegal hits but vowed to change his ways more than a year ago, was not penalized on the play.
“Him and I were engaged and he went down screaming,” Cooke said. “I didn’t even know what happened. It’s a complete accident and obviously I feel terrible about it. It has happened a few times over the past couple of years and it’s scary.”
Senators general manager Bryan Murray apparently isn’t buying Cooke’s explanation.
“It’s Matt Cooke. What else should I say?” Murray said . “Watch the replay.”
The incident occurred seconds after the puck hit the protective netting behind the goal, but the officials missed it and let the play continue.
“We all know who’s involved in it,” Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. “That’s just the way it is. The injury to Erik was unfortunate and it happens on a nothing play that could’ve potentially been whistled down.”
Senators forward Chris Neil went after Cooke late in the third period, and both players received game-ending misconduct penalties. The Penguins went on to take a 4-2 victory, with Cooke assisting on the game-winning goal by James Neal early in the third.