The biggest hockey story on Wednesday night came in Pittsburgh, where Ottawa Senators’ defenceman Erik Karlsson suffered a nasty Achilles’ tendon injury and is probably gone for the season (unless the Senators make a deep playoff run, unlikely with Jason Spezza out too).
Karlsson was battling with Matt Cooke of the Penguins along the boards when Cooke’s skate blade came down on Karlsson’s leg.
The National Hockey League has decided not to discipline Cooke, believing there was no intent to injure.
However, Cooke does however have a negative history stemming from four hits that have resulted in suspensions, and another controversial hit on Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins, that could have resulted in one. The hit on Savard has basically ended his career because of the concussion factor.