It's not exactly the kind of game that inspires hope for the future, but there was a moment in the Ottawa Senators' 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday that should. In the final 30 seconds, defenseman Erik Karlsson jumped on a rebound, faked a one-timer, then buried a wrister past Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. It was his first goal of the season, and it extended his point streak to four games. The only game this season in which Karlsson hasn't scored a point was Saturday's loss to the Washington Capitals.
Karlsson's eight points this season are only one behind league leaders Phil Kessel and Anze Kopitar, and Karlsson is a 21-year-old defenseman playing on the worst team in the East. In a 1-5 start for the rebuilding Senators, the positive is that they have a budding superstar making plays from the blue line.
"He's an extreme talent," Senators coach Paul MacLean said. "He has an opportunity to be as good as he wants to be."
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