Karlsson cut could have been worse

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 PM ET

A few moments after the Senators-Panthers game at BankAtlantic Center Thursday night, paramedics were seen pushing a stretcher down the hallway from the dressing rooms.

Only when they moved closer could you tell that on top of it was their equipment and not Erik Karlsson.

It could very well have been the Senators’ all-star defenceman, however. Instead, he left the rink with only a slight limp after taking 25 stitches to close the gash on his right thigh that was accidentally caused by an opponent’s skate.

Karlsson wasn’t available to the media at Scotiabank Place Friday, nor will he be in the lineup when the Senators host the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.

It’s too early to tell if he will play again this season.

“It’s just a cut. Didn’t cut into the muscle, so that’s a positive,” said coach Cory Clouston. “But still, it was a deep cut. It required a lot of stitches, and you’ve got to make sure you’re guarding against infection, and it reopening, and tearing.

“So it’s not bad, but it’s not good.

“It could have been a lot worse,” added Clouston, who will could also be without another blueliner — the concussed Sergei Gonchar — for the final week of the season.

“I don’t want to say (Karlsson’s) lucky, because it was an unlucky freak accident that cut him, but he was lucky it wasn’t worse.”

Memories of Couture

Clouston remembers a similar incident that involved former 67’s captain Logan Couture a few years ago. Couture, now a shining star with the San Jose Sharks, was trying out for the under-18 team Clouston was coaching.

“I remember it was on the very last shift ... and he missed the whole tournament,” said Clouston. “That was bad. That cut right into the muscle. It was a lot worse than this. Erik could have been worse. He doesn’t see it that way. He sees it as a bad break.”


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