Ottawa loses game, star defenseman Erik Karlsson to injury

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Ottawa's Erik Karlsson grimaces as he falls to the ice after colliding with Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke. Karlsson was cut by Cooke's skate blade and will need surgery.  GENE J. PUSKAR/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Ottawa's Erik Karlsson grimaces as he falls to the ice after colliding with Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke. Karlsson was cut by Cooke's skate blade and will need surgery.

PITTSBURGH — James Neal scored twice and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat Ottawa 4-2 on Wednesday night in a game marred by the loss of Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson to a left Achilles injury.

The Norris Trophy winner last season as the NHL’s top defenseman, Karlsson was cut by Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s skate blade as the two tangled along the boards late in the second period. The Senators said Karlsson will need surgery.

Pascal Dupuis also scored for Pittsburgh, Paul Martin had two assists, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves. The Penguins snapped a two-game losing streak to pull within a point of Eastern Conference-leading New Jersey.

Stephane Da Costa scored his first goal of the season, and Jim O’Brien also scored for Ottawa. The Senators lost for the fifth time in seven games.

The loss of the Karlsson is a major blow for the Senators, already playing without center Jason Spezza and left wing Milan Michalek. Spezza is out indefinitely after surgery for a herniated disk, and Michalek was a late scratch Wednesday because of a lower-body injury.

BLUES 4, RED WINGS 3 (OT)

In Detroit, Alexander Steen stuffed in a rebound 52 seconds into the extra period, lifting St. Louis to a slump-stopping
victory over Detroit.

St. Louis snapped a five-game losing streak that followed a 6-1 start.

The Red Wings had won a season-high three in a row.

That stretch started with a 5-1 victory over St. Louis, and the Red Wings had beaten the Blues four games in a row at home.

Detroit blew a two-goal lead in the first period and chances to win in the third period on a pair of power plays.

St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen, making his first NHL start in his second game in the league, made 15 saves. Jaroslav Halak missed his fifth consecutive game with a groin strain, an injury he had in a Feb. 1 loss against Detroit.

Jimmy Howard made 21 saves for the Red Wings.


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