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Was Alfredsson aiming for Niedermayer?
Mon, June 4, 2007

Do you think Daniel Alfredsson was aiming at the Ducks captain near the end of the second period?

Could this play be a turning point for the Ducks? Will it give them any extra motivation to finish off the Senators at home in Anahiem?

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This whole controversy is just fabricated, probably to try and up the poor ratings so far in the finals. Alfie's a class act and wouldn't do something like that, it wouldn't even make sense. Only the mindless minions of TO fans would even begin to believe this (Ozzie, I mean you). To even suggest that the "Sens" intentionally hurt Berard to get back at him for holding out means you aren't firing on all cylinders and to say that Ottawa fans were happy he almost lost an eye is inane. I don't know where you get off talking about the "mentality of the Ottawa fan", you like Toronto for goodness sake. And aside from you all the posts about Leafs not choking are not even relevant to anything in this article, but does show the audience the reporter is playing to.

There are lots of dirty players in the league, Alfredsson is not one of them. There are better captains in the league, but only one other had gotten his team just as far this year. Judge him by how he rallies the troops tonight, not on how one idiotic reporter trying to fabricate a story tells you to.


Rick, 2007-06-06 14:01:09

hey there Ozzy...that was a pretty good comment there, very well written....so, like Berard, Ottawa has "no vision"....good one! and I was at that game too, and I know for a fact that Hossa did that to Berard on purpose, 'cause as he was swinging his stick, we clearly heard Hossa yell, "DIE BERARD!!!!!"
Wayne, 2007-06-06 13:34:11

Hey Jag I will tell you what the Ottawa fans would say if Neidermayer was hurt, its the same thing they did to Bryan Berard; In a game in March of 2000 theLeafs were playing in Ottawa with a young defenseman named Bryan Berard . Berard was a draft pick of the Ottawa Senators but due to a contract dispute, he was shipped to Long Island before playing a single game with the Sens. Even 4 years since the trade, Sens fans booed him every time he touched the puck. I had no problem with the booing, I did have a problem with what happened later . On a follow through from a shot, Marrian Hossas stick came way too high and cut Berard in the eye. Blood flowed everywhere yet to my astonishment, the sens fans cheered when Berard went down. As Berard got up with blood flowing everywhere, the crowd at the Corel Centre continued to boo him. The following day when it was announced that Berard had lost most of the sight in his right eye and his NHL career was in jeopardy, the sens fans still showed no sympathy towards the player, some claiming he got what he deserved for holding out from their team.This is the mentality of the Ottawa fan and there European Captain is no diffrent. Well it looks like the Cup will stay with a team that has shown what it takes to win the Holy Grail, not a bunch of LOSERS from the Nations Capital with no vision.
ozzy, 2007-06-06 13:13:51

Straight answer..No.

We can speculate as much as we want, but majority doesn't rule. Only Alfredson knows the truth. However, it is amazing how quickly many will consider the worst. Try a slapshot people. How many times do players wind up for a shot and completely miss the net? When it happens (probably several times a game), do people assume, oh, he was aiming for the boards! Neidermayer is not pissed about it because he knows deep down that it was an accident. Playing the victim is good strategy and a motivator for his team. He has absolutely nothing to gain coming out and saying he thought it was an accident.
Tom, 2007-06-06 13:09:46

you know, if it were the Leafs in the final, they wouldn't choke....they would seize the opportunity by the throat...they certainly wouldn't choke....Leaf teams don't choke on the big one, never have, never will....they just have a tough time getting to the big show...but, they wouldn't choke....it's a fact!
Wayne, 2007-06-06 12:37:57

Obviously those questioning Alfredsson's shot have never played competitive hockey. Hardly a game goes by where the thought of zinging a puck at a tormentor doesn't cross my mind. But I use other methods to get by the aggressor and score goals. he was frustrated but then when your being bashed and crashed and trying to make split second decisions you don't have the luxury of sitting back and thinking about it but then you wouldn't know would you?
16tough, 2007-06-06 12:30:30

Can't help but throw this out, but I'm tired of the "choking" comments coming from certain quarters (which I'm sure must bleed blue and white ...)

To quote from a comment aimed at the Senators, "Define Choke? As in how can .... be described as a "team that always chokes" OK! When a team NEVER lives up to expectations"

My response is that you muust mean like a certain team that wears blue and white? They have certainly had enough post-season opportunities in the last 40 years, without success.

Now, as for Alfie, maybe he did, maybe he didn't. Who cares? Despite comments about gutless, I have seen often enough that he really isn't afraid to take someone on "mano a mano" when warranted.

I certainly recall a few years ago, when a big brave TO tough guy decided to take on Arvadsen (not sure of spelling of that anymore), Alfie was the one who stepped up to stop that nonsense.
hankdatank, 2007-06-06 12:29:39

I'm not a Senators fan by any means, (nor am I a Leaf fan) but I was looking forward to Stanley coming back to Canada. The opportunity to do so was blown in the 4th game. If you look at past champions, they had depth throughout the team. The fourth line was equally up to their task as was the first line. Ottawa doesn't have that. How could they? A captain's responsibility is to provide leadership as well sportmanship. I would say that the end of the second period in game 4 showed exactly the opposite. So for those Ottawa fans who still hope for a miracle on ice, "It aint gonna happen". Better teams have already been eliminated.
crazyhors@golden.net, 2007-06-06 12:22:46

Daniel was only aiming at the net -- come on guys, everyone knows from the Inge Hamm(ahh)strom days that the Swedes could not break an egg going into the corners. Daniel is so misunderstood - he has only taken out 3-4 guys from BEHIND in these playoffs and if you watch "CHICKEN RUN" Alfredsson's body language when he comes face to face with the timid Niedermeyer, his body says "please stay between us Mr. Linesman" -- another gifted player who is totally GUTLESS and similar to DARIELBOWTOTHEHEAD HATCHER who has taken out more players than Pronger has ever thought about ...

The NHL is really becoming a JOKE .............
Bryan Boughton, 2007-06-06 12:22:43

Whine Whine Whine!

Sens fan or Leafs fan!

Really, what's the difference? One has Tucker, the other Neil. One has Krusty for 'C', the other Hasbeen for 'C'.

And you both are stuck with Bob Cole every weekend to ruin you're broadcasts!

Go Ducks!
Keith, 2007-06-06 12:00:08

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