Erik Karlsson signals the end in Ottawa

After nine years and 627 games, Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson seems to know his time in Canada’s capital city is ending

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A look into the future

Erik Karlsson has been the face of the Ottawa Senators franchise since Daniel Alfredsson left in 2013. The two-time Norris Trophy winner has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows during his nine seasons in Ottawa, but nothing stood out more than what unfolded on Monday night.

After the Senators lost to the Winnipeg Jets in their final home game of an extremely disappointing season, Karlsson skated over to what appeared to be the empty net. But it wasn’t empty at all.

In a moment that is sure to stay in the minds of Senators fans forever, Karlsson reached into the net to fish out the puck that was shot by Kyle Lowry of the Jets. After grabbing the puck and putting it into his gear, Karlsson skated to be with his teammates at center ice for what felt like the final time in a Senators uniform.