Trophy named Norris separates Karlsson and Subban

Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson (L) manoeuvres away from Buffalo Sabres' Cody Hodgson during the...

Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson (L) manoeuvres away from Buffalo Sabres' Cody Hodgson during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Ottawa February 12, 2013. REUTERS/Blair Gable

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:06 PM ET

The initials in P.K. Subban's given name stand for Pernell Karl to everybody but wise-cracking Ottawa Senators fans.

They think he's the "Pretend Karlsson."

"There's definitely differences," Senators winger Chris Neil said with a sly grin when asked Tuesday to compare Subban -- the straw that stirs the Montreal Canadiens' drink -- with teammate Erik Karlsson.

"One guy has won a Norris ... one guy hasn't."

Fact is, both players have a very similar style of play. They are dynamic offensive wizards who are certainly no slouches in their own end, either. They are, some would say, the two best blueliners in the world.

And as for the hardware, well, Subban's is on the way.

"We know Erik's abilities, and I think the (Habs) certainly elevated their game when they got Subban back from his lockout or sit-in or I guess he locked himself out in a contract dispute ... I'm not sure exactly what they called it ... the right words don't come to me," said Senators coach Paul MacLean.


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