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Karlsson's wife announces she is expecting couple's first child

Senators captain will be a dad in the near future @NHLdotcom

Erik Karlsson and his wife Melinda have something extra special to be thankful for this year.

The wife of the Ottawa Senators defenseman is expecting the couple's first child, she announced Wednesday.

Tweet from @MelindaCurrey: First comes love Then comes marriageThen... Came the best news of our lives. ������

"We've known for quite some time, and it's nice to be able to share it with everybody else and [that] everything is going well," Karlsson said after the Senators 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. "That's something everybody hopes to experience in their lifetime, and I'm extremely happy in the situation I'm in in my personal life."

The Karlssons may have been married Aug. 5, but November is quickly becoming a month of celebration for them. The couple was engaged last November, and you might remember the pizza-ring box he pulled off. Plus, Wednesday was Melinda's birthday.

Karlsson revealed that Melinda's due date is around the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Hopefully I'll be in a battle by then," Karlsson said. "That's the way it is right now. We'll see what happens when that time comes." 

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