May 16, 2013
Norris trophy winner Erik Karlsson admits he can play better
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Senators' Erik Karlsson during team practice at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday, May 16,2013. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

PITTSBURGH - Erik Karlsson isn't satisfied, either.

The Senators' defenceman wasn't surprised to hear coach Paul MacLean declare Karlsson isn't back in the form that made him the Norris Trophy winner last season as the club prepares to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 Friday.

It has been three months since Penguins winger Matt Cooke's skate sliced 70% of Karlsson's Achilles tendon. The fact he's around to participate in this series is a miracle itself and he's keeping his expectations in check.

"I don't think (MacLean) is the only one," said Karlsson Thursday when asked if he was surprised by MacLean's comments. "You could probably ask a lot of people and they would probably say the same thing -- including myself."



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