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Erik Karlsson will play for Senators in Game 5 vs. Rangers

Ottawa defenseman sat out third period of Game 4 with lower-body injury

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

OTTAWA -- Defenseman Erik Karlsson will be in the lineup for the Ottawa Senators for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the New York Rangers at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), coach Guy Boucher said.

Boucher said there will be no limitations on Karlsson. 

"He's ready to go," Boucher said. "We should be able to give him the minutes he usually gets."

 

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Karlsson sat out all of the third period of Game 4 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. The Rangers won 4-1 to even the best-of-7 series 2-2.

After the game, Boucher said, "We felt it was better to keep him out after the second period. He could have come back, but just wanted to make sure. He's got a lower-body injury."

Karlsson was involved in two collisions in the second period, one with Rangers forward J.T. Miller with 20 seconds left and one earlier with New York forward Chris Kreider, when Karlsson was tripped up. It was unclear which collision or hit might have caused the injury that kept him off the ice for the third period. The Ottawa captain has been playing with two hairline fractures in his foot, sustained on a blocked shot against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 28.

He has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 10 games during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Boucher also said defenseman Fredrik Claesson will take the place of Ben Harpur. There will also be one forward who could be changed out after the warmup. Boucher did not rule out using Chris Neil, who has played once since Feb. 26.

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