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Ottawa Senators D Erik Karlsson back from injury

Updated: April 25, 2013, 7:23 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has returned to the lineup after being sidelined 2½ months with a torn left Achilles tendon.

Karlsson, last season's Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman, played against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, his first appearance since Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke stepped on the back of his leg on Feb. 13.

Karlsson recorded a shot less than a minute into Thursday's game.

He originally was expected to miss ...

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