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Alfredsson's outburst wakes Senators

Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:21 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2010 9:23 pm
 
By Erin Brown

With his team trailing by three goals Sunday night, Daniel Alfredsson flipped out.

Midway through the third period, Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik tried to get inside the Senators winger as the two chased a loose puck. Orpik lost his balance and fell to the ice along the boards. That's when Alfredsson charged after the defenseman and kneed him in the back before piling on and delivering a few blows.

Earlier in the game, Sidney Crosby delivered an open-ice check on Alfredsson, leaving the Swede on his backside and embarrassed.

It is not a common sight to see the mild-mannered captain lose his cool, yet these incidents may be what keeps Ottawa alive in this series. Until Alfredsson's outburst, the Senators looked flat footed and on the verge of all but waiving a white flag in this series.

Moments after serving his kneeing penalty, Alfredsson set up Matt Cullen with a cross-ice pass. Cullen netted it to cut the lead to two. The Senators failed to complete a comeback, ultimately losing 4-2. But they fought back and clearly grabbed the momentum back from the Penguins.

Maybe it was simply Alfredsson's way of leading by example.


Comments

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 1:57 pm
 

Alfredsson's outburst wakes Senators

"But they fought back and clearly grabbed the momentum back from the ." Really? what game you watching Erin Brown?



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Alfredsson's outburst wakes Senators


Ottowa certainly did not give up, and were still fighting - but just as importantly to that goal - if not moreso - was the penalty the Penguins took while on a Power Play!  So then there was 30 sconds of 4 on 4, filed by a power play for Ottowa - and that was when they scored.

 Tthe goal was a result of the stupid penalty by the Pens, not Alfredsson's "outburst".



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2010 12:51 am
 

Alfredsson's outburst wakes Senators

Firstly, I believe this column hasn't gotten more views/comments because the link in the drop down for it seems to take us to Goldstein's column on Detroit's Jimmy Howard.  May want to give em a kick in the pants for that. :>

I believe that reactions like Alfredsson's, because it was atypical, had more of an effect on his team.  If he had them at the frequency of, oh, say tears at a Mark Messier press conference, the impact would be lessened over time because we tend to tune things out when they happen too often.  That all being said, hopefully it spurs the Sens to make this a more interesting series.


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