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Karlsson recaps his All-Star Weekend

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

With his fourth NHL All-Star appearance in the books, Sens captain Erik Karlsson speaks with the media in Los Angeles and reflects back on his time at the league's showcase.

His thoughts on today's All-Star Game:

It was good. Unfortunately we ran into the hottest division in the league and there wasn't much we could do about it. 


On being used to the new format:

Playing in it last year, it's a little bit more relaxed this year probably because I think the guys knew a little bit more about what to expect so there were a few more goals than previous years. It's all in good fun, right? We saw some beautiful things and some things that weren't so pretty too.


On the NHL's top 100 players being a part of this year's All-Star Weekend:

It's really cool. I've said it before, being from Sweden I never really had the opportunity to meet a lot of these guys face to face and it's a special thing to be a part of. Them being here made it a lot better.


On getting to know Auston Matthews this weekend:

Great guy. Very, very humble, down to earth and very mature so I was happy to be able to sit next to him in the locker room. I talked with him for a bit and I knew he was a good player on the ice but he's a great guy off the ice as well.


On deciding to face the Metropolitan division:

You're going to have to ask Carey about that since he's the team captain. He made the hard decision so that's the way it is sometimes. Like I said, they're the hottest division in the league right now so there wasn't much we could do about it.


On extending the time of 3-on-3 overtime to 10 minutes:

I don't know if they'd be able to do that. By the time that it all comes around everyone is pretty tired. I think it's been working well with the 5 minutes and it's been ending a lot more games than the 4-on-4 did before so I think that the format we have now is probably what's going to be sticking around. 


We also got a quick little video sign-off from Karlsson as he prepares to join his team in Florida to start their 3-game road trip.

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