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Erik Karlsson makes history despite loss

Ottawa may have gone down 5-3 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, but it didn’t prevent Erik Karlsson from making a little history.

The 25-year-old scored a somewhat fortuitous goal mid way through the first period of the clash, with Karlsson’s pass deflecting off Patric Hornqvists skate and in to the Penguins net, to register his 80th point of the season, to become the first defenseman in Senators’ history to reach the single-season milestone.

He also became just the second blue liner in franchise history to score 100 goals for the club.

On top of his ongoing assault on the Senators’ club records, Karlsson also tied Detroit Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom’s NHL record for points by a Swedish defenseman in a single-season on the play, as well as becoming the first defenseman on a Canadian team to register 80 points in a campaign since Al MacInnis in 1993-94.

Selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by Ottawa, Karlsson has scored 100 goals and 383 points in 477 career NHL games to date. He currently leads both the Senators and all defensemen in scoring (16 goals, 80 points) with two games remaining on Ottawa’s 2015-16 schedule.

Contracted through until 2019, with an average cap hit of $6.5 million, Karlsson is among the front runners to win the Norris Trophy again this season, along with Drew Doughty and Brent Burns. The Landsbro, Sweden native has previously won the award on two occasions: firstly in 2012 and then against last season after garnering 61.4% of the vote.

Ottawa host Florida on Thursday before finishing its seasons in Boston on Saturday.

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