Se­na­tors top­ple Sharks to spoil Karlsson re­turn

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On the oc­ca­sion of Erik Karlsson’s re­turn to Ot­tawa, it was a for­mer Shark who stood out.

Mikkel Boed­ker had a goal and three as­sists, Craig Anderson stopped 36 shots and the Se­na­tors beat their for­mer cap­tain and San Jose 6-2 on Satur­day, send­ing the Sharks to their fourth straight loss.

The Se­na­tors have three for­mer Sharks on their ros­ter with Boed­ker, Chris Tier­ney and Dy­lan DeMelo.

“It was a lot of fun out there,” Boed­ker said. “We played re­ally hard as a unit, I think. There was three of us in here play­ing against our old squad and every­body seems to rally be­hind that, so it was a good feel­ing in the room be­fore, and def­i­nitely on the ice I thought we played re­ally well.”

Ben Harpur scored his first NHL goal, and Ryan Dzin­gel, Mark Stone, Mag­nus Paa­jarvi and Bobby Ryan also scored as the Se­na­tors won their third straight.

Joe Thorn­ton and Bar­clay Goodrow scored for the Sharks. Martin Jones made 21 saves. San Jose is 0-3-1 on its five-game trip, which ends Sun­day in Montreal.

“There’s no doubt we’re chas­ing the game,” Sharks coach Peter De­Boer said. “I think there’s a lit­tle bit of a con­fi­dence is­sue when you’re los­ing some games like that. You might call it ur­gency. I would call it a lit­tle bit un­con­fi­dent. We need to find a way to get that swag­ger back.”

Karlsson was play­ing his first game in Ot­tawa since he was traded to San Jose in the off­sea­son. The two-time Nor­ris Tro­phy win­ner re­ceived thun­der­ous ap­plause from the crowd of 17,531 dur­ing his video trib­ute, shown on the score­board at the first TV time­out. He ac­knowl­edged the crowd with a wave from the ice.

“I had a lot of fun out there even though this was not a great game at all and I’m not happy by any means,” Karlsson said. “There’s a lot of good mem­o­ries that I have from this rink. I was drafted here, spent pretty much my en­tire ca­reer here so a lot of pos­i­tive things, so it was fun to see and I was happy I was able to play in front of th­ese guys again and th­ese fans and ev­ery­thing. They did a good job and I thank them for that. It was very kind of them.”

While the Se­na­tors down­played the re­union, they said it was strange to see Karlsson on the other side.

“It was dif­fer­ent,” Stone said. “What are we, 27 games in? I think it would have been a lit­tle dif­fer­ent had we played him right away, but we’re pretty used to not hav­ing him around so it wasn’t

that dif­fer­ent.”

Other games: Alex Radulov scored the go-ahead goal late in the third pe­riod af­ter Jamie Benn scored mid­way through the third for vis­it­ing Dal­las in a 2-1 win over Van­cou­ver . ... Casey Cizikas scored the tie-break­ing goal in the third pe­riod as the New York Is­lan­ders beat vis­it­ing Colum­bus 3-2 . ... Nazem Kadri broke a tie with 3:20 to play and Zach Hy­man scored twice in Toronto’s 5-3 vic­tory in Min­ne­sota . ... Bray­den Point scored a power-play goal 3:12 into over­time and vis­it­ing Tampa Bay over­came a 4-1 deficit to beat Florida 5-4 in over­time . ... Dale Weise scored in the first minute of the third pe­riod and Philadel­phia held on to win 4-2 at Pitts­burgh . ... Mark Scheifele scored his sec­ond goal of the game at 4:43 of over­time, tuck­ing the puck past Keith Kinkaid, to lift Win­nipeg to a 4-3 vic­tory at New Jersey . ... Shea Weber and Art­turi Lehko­nen each scored twice and Montreal beat the vis­it­ing New York Rangers 5-2 to snap a five-game los­ing streak . ... Eeli Tolva­nen scored his first NHL goal and added an as­sist to lead host Nashville to a 5-2 vic­tory over Chicago . ... Frans Nielsen scored his first goal of the season and Jimmy Howard made 37 saves, lift­ing Detroit to a 4-2 win in Bos­ton . ... Clay­ton Keller and Richard Panik each had a goal and an as­sist and Ari­zona scored four sec­ond-pe­riod goals to cruise to a 6-1 win over vis­it­ing St. Louis . ... Con­nor Mc­David and Ryan Spooner scored for Edmonton as the Oil­ers han­dled vis­it­ing Ve­gas 2-1.

Ny­lan­der signs: Wil­liam Ny­lan­der’s con­tract im­passe with Toronto ended with the re­stricted free agent sign­ing a six-year, $41.77 mil­lion deal just be­fore Satur­day’s dead­line.

Frank Gunn / Cana­dian Press

San Jose’s Erik Karlsson got a warm ova­tion from the crowd dur­ing warm-ups be­fore the game in Ot­tawa, where the de­fense­man played for nine sea­sons.

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