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Minutes into practice at Scotiabank Place Wednesday afternoon, Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller was barking at his players to pay close attention to opposition defencemen rushing the puck.

“Especially tomorrow,” Muller said in a voice loud enough to be heard well up in the seats, referring to Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

No wonder. It’s the Erik Karlsson factor.

Four days after mounting a comeback victory over the Montreal Canadiens at home, the Ottawa Senators couldn’t prevent their opponent from turning the tables. Jakob Silfverberg gave the Senators the lead just 1:33 after puck drop, but David Desharnais and Eric Cole responded over the next 10 minutes to lead Montreal to a 2-1 victory at the Bell Centre Sunday afternoon.