'The Pass’ represented Erik Karlsson at the peak of his powers. Remember it? April 17, 2017. An airborne touchdown strike to spring Mike Hoffman for a breakaway goal against the Boston Bruins during Round 1 the playoffs. The type of play only Karlsson could execute. He was 26, enjoying another Norris Trophy-caliber season and in the process of leading Ottawa to within one double-overtime goal of the Stanley Cup final.
The Senators as we knew them got dismantled after that – including Karlsson, literally. That off-season, he underwent ankle surgery requiring the removal of, in his words at the time, “half my ankle bone.” He endured a season that was subpar on the ice by his incredibly high standard and a personal hell off it, then got traded to the San Jose Sharks and managed three goals d...
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