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.