Senators beat Sharks 6-2 in Karlsson’s return to Ottawa

Senators beat Sharks 6-2 in Karlsson’s return to Ottawa
San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson is seen during warm-up before first period NHL hockey action against the Ottawa Senators, in Ottawa on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP) (Frank Gunn)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ben Harpur scored his first NHL goal, Craig Anderson stopped 36 shots and the Senators spoiled Erik Karlsson's return to Ottawa by beating the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Saturday.

Karlsson, the former Senators captain, was playing his first game in Ottawa since he was traded to San Jose in the offseason. The team honored the two-time Norris Trophy winner with a video tribute during the first period.

Ryan Dzingel, Mark Stone, Mikkel Boedker, Magnus Paajarvi and Bobby Ryan also scored as the Senators (12-12-3) won their third straight. Boedker added three assists for a four-point outing.

Joe Thornton and Barclay Goodrow scored for the Sharks (12-10-5), who extended their losing streak to a season-high four games. Martin Jones made 21 saves.

The Senators took a three-goal lead at 4-1 with Stone's power-play goal four minutes into the third period. And Paajarvi made it 5-1, scoring into an empty net with over five minutes remaining.

Ottawa Senators left winger Ryan Dzingel (18) watches his shot go over the shoulder of San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators left winger Ryan Dzingel (18) watches his shot go over the shoulder of San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) during second period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP) (AP)

Goodrow beat Anderson on a deflected shot in front to make it 5-2, but Ryan restored Ottawa's four-goal cushion one minute later.

Ottawa opened the scoring as Dzingel picked up his own rebound and beat Jones from a sharp angle for his 11th of the season.

San Jose tied the game with a power-play goal on a play that started with Karlsson and ended with a wide-open Thornton for an easy goal. But the Senators score twice in a span of 49 seconds to take a 3-1 lead.

San Jose Sharks' Kevin Labanc (62) vies for control of the puck with Ottawa Senators' Ryan Dzingel (18) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)
San Jose Sharks' Kevin Labanc (62) vies for control of the puck with Ottawa Senators' Ryan Dzingel (18) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP) (AP)

Harpur, playing his 60th game, wristed a shot past Jones and Boedker, a former member of the Sharks, beat the San Jose goalie through the legs.

NOTES: Karlsson received a thunderous applause from the crowd of 17,531 during his video tribute, shown on the scoreboard at the first TV timeout. He acknowledged the crowd with a wave from the ice. ... Justin Falk, acquired by the Senators on Friday, played his first game.

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San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) attempts to score on Ottawa Senators goalkeeper Craig Anderson (41) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)
San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) attempts to score on Ottawa Senators goalkeeper Craig Anderson (41) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP) (AP)

Sharks: At Montreal on Sunday.

Senators: At Montreal on Tuesday.

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San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson (65) makes an attempt on Ottawa Senators goalkeeper Craig Anderson (41) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)
San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson (65) makes an attempt on Ottawa Senators goalkeeper Craig Anderson (41) during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP) (AP)

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Ottawa Senators players look on as San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson is welcomed onto the ice by fans during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP)
Ottawa Senators players look on as San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson is welcomed onto the ice by fans during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP) (AP)