Karlsson’s first goal of the game and in his NHL career, which turned out to be the game-winner in a contest that was never really in doubt, came in the first period on a snap shot from just above the circles, making the score 2-0 in favor of the Ducks.
The native of Marsta, Sweden netted his second in the game’s third period off of some sloppy play around the Sabres net. Karlsson poked home a loose puck past Sabres goaltender Michal Neuvirth to make the score 4-0 for the Ducks.
Karlsson, who was named the game’s first star, is currently ranked ninth among Ducks’ prospects by Hockey’s Future. He turned in a strong 2014 NHL preseason, and so far is showing that his preseason performance was not a fluke.
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