Senators notebook: Karlsson tries to ignore ‘diver’ tag

One day after he was called a diver by referee Dan O’Rourke, Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson was ready to shrug it off.

Senators notebook: Karlsson tries to ignore ‘diver’ tag

LOS ANGELES — One day after he was called a diver by referee Dan O’Rourke, Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson was ready to shrug it off.

As a young player in Sweden, Karlsson also worked as a referee, so he knows well that harsh words can be said in the heat of the moment. For Karlsson, the incident was over when the final buzzer went.

“There’s nothing I can do about it right now,” he said Sunday. “But it’s nothing that’s going to affect me. It’s all in the past. I’m good from my side of things. I know it’s hard, and I know they’re going through a lot of stuff. I respect them a lot, what they do. It’s not easy making hard decisions all the time.”

That wasn’t to say Karlsson hadn’t been stung by O’Rourke’s accusation, which was delivered when Karlsson asked the official why the Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t penalized for tripping him in the closing minutes of Saturday’s game, which the Senators lost 2-1.

O’Rourke told Karlsson he was a diver. Karlsson said he didn’t think he had ever given anyone a reason to call that.

“I play fair, I play hard, I stay on my feet,” he said. “I don’t do that stuff. Sometimes when you do stuff at high speed, it can look like it’s not much, but you can fall anyway.

“I think everybody who plays the game knows that.”

SHORT DEBUT

Senators forward Andre Petersson didn’t play much in his first NHL game — seven shifts for a total of five minutes two seconds — but he was pleased nonetheless.

“I think it was a great experience,” said Petersson, who had been called up last week from Binghamton of the American Hockey League. “It’s too bad we lost, but it was fun to be out there, and I’m happy to have had my first game.

“Coach told me to keep it simple and I think I did that pretty well. Just get the puck out and get it in deep. But it’s just hockey, just like it is down in Binghamton.”

LINEUP CHANGES

Petersson is expected to be a healthy scratch for Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, with Bobby Butler back in the lineup.

Defenceman Mark Borowiecki, another callup last week, will play his second NHL game. Matt Carkner will sit.

Craig Anderson will make his 13th consecutive start in net.

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