SAN JOSE —The second reunion of Erik Karlsson with his former teammates, the Ottawa Senators have been a lot more pleasant than the first.
It has not raised the point again, striking a pole, but the former captain and player of the franchise has still helped his San Jose Sharks to win a sixth win in succession, 4-1 late on Saturday night at SAP Center. The Sharks vengeaient and the reverse of 6-2 that the cast of Guy Boucher had handed out on the 1st of December last, at the return of the number 65 in his hometown of adoption.
Karlsson has admitted after the victory of his own, this crushing defeat was a turning point in the season his new team. And for him, too, so that he then experienced a sequence of 14 games with at least one point where he scored 25 points.
“Yes, it woke us up a little. We had not played very good hockey, according to our standards, so far. It was after this match that we realized what we needed to do to be successful. Since that time, we do not look back, it goes forward, ” said Karlsson, when he is finally presented in the locker room after a long wait.
His recent surge has allowed him to return among the leaders of the defenders of the NHL with 41 points (only 3 goals) in 45 matches, even if his teammate Brent Burns, author of a goal and a pass in the win on Saturday, leads with 52 points.
He said he is perfectly comfortable now in the uniform of teal the Sharks. “It took a long time, there are many things that need to be used. It becomes easier and easier over the year ahead. I wake up every morning and I have my routine, I don’t have to worry about much of anything. I know how everything works and it is a great relief. The guys here have done a good job, they do not make me do things that I don’t want to do, they don’t brusquent not. They have been patient with everything. And there, we play better as a team, everyone gathers together as a group, which has helped my game also, ” said Karlsson, who was said to have greeted a few former teammates who have remained friends Friday night.
After his plus-2 in Saturday in about 25 minutes on the ice, Karlsson now has a differential of plus-8.
“I don’t think he has changed anything, it is just at home, believes his coach Peter DeBoer. It has been a big adjustment for him outside of the ice as well as coming into a new locker room. He is accustomed to his new teammates, how we want to play, how his style frame in our structure. There has just been 10 to 15 matches a transition to this level and since then, it has been excellent… The reverse (in Ottawa) has woken up the entire team, not just him. We were not in a good place at this point… We talked about it, we had meetings, Doug (Wilson, the d. g.) came in the room and one was recovered. “
His vis-à-vis Guy Boucher was not surprised to see Karlsson be experiencing some difficulties in its beginnings in San Jose. “If you had asked me, I would have said that this would be difficult in the beginning. When you débarques in a new environment, it takes time. Look at (Matt) Duchene, it took him a month last year, and it was fantastic then. It is more difficult for the best players, because they have more pressure and expectations are so high that it is difficult to feel comfortable. It is played in the head, in large part, ” he says.
A GOOD TRIP DESPITE EVERYTHING
Their trip to California ended in a tail… sharks, but the Senators could still draw up a positive assessment of it, before returning home Sunday.
After their two wins in 24 hours in Anaheim, and Los Angeles, it was a 0-0 draw against the Sharks until the 38th minute of the game Saturday, before they take advantage of two bonds lucky to escape with a win of 4-1. “With the goal in an empty net, this is a game 3-1 where we have two bonds unlucky. Their guy (Brent Burns) takes a shot from the corner that hit our guys (Christian Jaros), and it comes, and another run deviates on three guys and it just comes back. We did not have these bonds. We were there against a club with an alignment packed, the guys gave everything they had. We gave it a chance and I’m very proud of them. This is a very good trip, where it was well kept, the structure and the work ethics were good, the effort was excellent. A lot of guys grow up very quickly, especially in the defence where we had a rookie on each of the duo ” analyzed head coach Guy Boucher late Saturday.
His club has allowed only six goals in three matches on the Pacific coast, which is certainly encouraging for a team that is last in the NHL in goals and shots awarded to the opponent. The new goalkeeper Anders Nilsson has still been very solid (28 stops) even if he has lost his duel against Martin Jones.
The return-to-play at the centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau is certainly no stranger to this recovery defensive. “We’ve done a lot of good things during this trip. The result was not what we wanted in the last game, but the effort was there… It is good to have found the taste of victory and we will have to continue to build on it. “stressed Pageau.
Mark Stone was not satisfied, him : “It is a good trip, but it has left something on the table. I have not found that it played well (Saturday), to be perfectly honest. We did not get a lot of chances five-on-five, our chance came only in the digital advantage, ” said he.