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Erik Karlsson At The Top Of His Game

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

We have reached the point where Erik Karlsson is basically bending the game with his mind.

How else to explain the impossible angle he scored from to make sure the Ottawa Senators didn’t waste a strong performance to open Round 2?

Karlsson’s right skate was on the goal-line, the puck a good foot below it. He was literally standing in the corner when he rifled a shot that banked in off Henrik Lundqvist’s mask with less than five minutes to play on Thursday.

“I don’t know how you score from that area and what possessed him to throw it at the net the way he did,” teammate Marc Methot said after a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. “That’s what separates him from almost every other player in the league.”

It is what has carried Ottawa into the second round and should have fans dreaming of a run that could last even longer than that.

Karlsson appears to be on another level despite playing with two small fractures in his left foot these last few weeks. There were a couple all-world assists against Boston in Round 1 – they are still talking about the pass that travelled more than 140 feet and landed flat on Mike Hoffman’s stick – and Thursday’s goal couldn’t have arrived at a better time for his teammates.

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Watch the goal below...

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ilovehomers's avatar

How else to explain the impossible angle he scored from to make sure the Ottawa Senators didn’t waste a strong performance to open Round 2?

Luck? Physics? Divine Intervention?

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/28/17 at 08:52 AM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

And some smart to realize Henrik was that low in his net, not covering the short sight nearly well enough.

Posted by ilovehomers on 04/28/17 at 08:52 AM ET

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Zetterberg loves throwing the puck at the net from terrible angles too and he often (or, often enough) finds a way to put it past the goalie.

Must be a Swedish thing.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 04/28/17 at 09:34 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

How else to explain the impossible angle he scored from…

From the replays I saw, that puck deflected off the Rangers defenseman and then off of the back of Henrik’s shoulder (not his helmet). But as ILH points out, it wouldn’t have happened if Henrik hadn’t been in a “crab” position – way too low to adequately cover any shot from the side.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 04/28/17 at 10:46 AM ET

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