Senators' Erik Karlsson Fires First Salvo in Opening Round Matchup with Rangers

James Wrabel, Jr.Correspondent IIApril 10, 2012

Senators' Erik Karlsson stuck his foot in his mouth slightly with comments about Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist to the media today.
Senators' Erik Karlsson stuck his foot in his mouth slightly with comments about Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist to the media today.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

It's commonplace in sports—you'll most often hear about this in football—to not give your opposition any reason to despise you any more than they already do prior to a big game.

It's called "bulletin board material."

Whether it be Opening Day in baseball or the week leading up to the Super Bowl, it's best to keep any comments to the media about an upcoming opponent as textbook, and as respectful, as possible.

Apparently, Ottawa Senators stud defenseman Erik Karlsson never read that book.

In talking to the media today, the Swedish-native Karlsson had some comments regarding Vezina-candidate goalie—and fellow Frolunda Indians alumni—Henrik Lundqvist.

Karlsson on Lundqvist: "He's had a good year and everyone's happy for him, but hopefully it's time for him to go home." #Sens #NYR

—Erin Nicks (@erinnicks), April 10, 2012

 

The 2012 NHL playoffs begin on Wednesday, and the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers will host Karlsson and the Senators at Madison Square Garden.

Before the puck has even dropped on the NHL's second season, Karlsson may have put his team behind the proverbial eight ball simply by opening his mouth. Joking or not, Karlsson's comments show his age and lack of playoff experience.

The rest of the Senators team can't be happy with their young defenseman.