VIDEO: Erik Karlsson makes amazing long-distance saucer pass

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Erik Karlsson should be considered among the best offensive defensemen in the NHL over the last decade, if not longer. The super-skilled Swede offered up another exhibit of his elite offensive game when he delivered one of the assists of the year on Zack Smith’s second-period goal against the Montreal Canadiens. It probably was, at the very least, the longest.

From below the faceoff circles in his own zone, a tired-looking Karlsson saw Smith streaking towards the Montreal blue line. Karlsson sent a saucer pass from his own end right to Smith’s tape.

Look at that thing. Beautiful.

After getting stopped on his first attempt, Smith chipped the rebound past Carey Price to give the Senators a 2-1 lead.

Karlsson, who looked absolutely gassed, was the last man to make the long trip down the ice for his celebration. He now has 43 assists on the year to go along with 17 goals for a staggering 60 points in 65 games from the blue line.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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