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Erik Karlsson had an assist in Ottawa's 1-0 win against Toronto.

Karlsson has 20 goals and 73 points in 81 games this season. No other defenseman has come close to his point total. Duncan Keith ranks second with 61 points in 79 games.

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Erik Karlsson hasn't enjoyed the way the 2013-14 campaign has gone.

The Senators likely won't earn a playoff spot and Karlsson still feels somewhat limited in what he can do on the ice after coming back from his Achilles tendon injury. "We're not pleased where we are at," he said. "I don't think anyone is pleased with the season. There are always things you want to be better at. As for my season, I haven't felt the way I really wanted to, things I couldn't do that I thought I could normally do. That's a big part of why I'm not happy where I'm at." Despite his gloomy assessment, Karlsson still leads all NHL defensemen with 70 points in 75 games. He also hit the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his career. Karlsson has also been named Ottawa's nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

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Erik Karlsson set a new franchise record Monday night when he scored his 20th goal of the season.

He surpassed Steve Duchesne's mark of 19 goals which he earned during the 1996-97 campaign. Karlsson leads all blueliners in goals and points (69) in 72 games, but he isn't satisfied with his performance yet. "No, not really," he said. "You kind of have measuring sticks of where you want to be and I don't think I've fulfilled anything that I wanted this year." He's been a top-flight offensive force this season, which has probably more than offset his minus-17 rating.

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Erik Karlsson was an offensive force for the Senators in a 4-3 shootout win over Tampa Bay Monday.

The NHL's scoring leader among defenseman recorded a goal and two assists in the victory to extend his point lead over the next closest blueliner to 13. The goal was his 20th of the campaign. Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza also found the back of the net for Ottawa in the win.

Erik Karlsson D OTT 8 Months

Erik Karlsson recorded his 19th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Dallas.

The offensive blueliner has lived up to expectations this season with 65 points in 70 games. Karlsson logged a game-high 30:12 of ice time in the contest and he also picked up five shots. Colin Greening earned an assist on the play.

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Erik Karlsson produced a goal and an assist in Ottawa's 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay.

He has notched a goal and six assists during his current five-game point streak. Karlsson has amassed 64 points in 69 games this season to lead all blueliners in scoring.

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Erik Karlsson recorded two assists on Saturday.

With that, Karlsson has reached the 60-point mark for the second time in three campaigns. The exception was obviously the shortened season where Karlsson was limited to 17 contests due to a lacerated Achilles tendon. He's emerged as an elite offensive defenseman and should be the first blueliner taken in fantasy drafts next season.

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Erik Karlsson netted his 17th goal of the season in Ottawa's 3-2 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday.

He has scored in consecutive games now and continues to lead all NHL defensemen in goals and points (57). Karlsson also concluded the match with five shots to give him a total of 198 on the year.

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Erik Karlsson was clearly unsatisfied with getting a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

He was asked what receiving a silver medal meant to him after losing Sunday's gold-medal game and he said, "You will see when I put it out on eBay." Karlsson added that it might be something that he looks back on fondly in the future, but right now it's a bitter pill to swallow. He was named the top defenseman at the tournament, but was completely held in check by Canada in Sunday's title game.

Erik Karlsson D OTT 9 Months

Erik Karlsson was named the top defenseman at the Olympics.

The Swedish blueliner had eight points on four goals but finished second in points to Phil Kessel who had one more goal in his eight points. Karlsson was an offensive juggernaut, just like he is in the NHL and a big reason why Sweden won the silver medal.