April 23, 2012
Alfredsson blows a gasketCaptain loses it in Game 6 defeat
By Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency
OTTAWA - The frustration on the faces of Sens Nation and the Senators showed Monday night, but their captain plain lost it.
Yep, Daniel Alfredsson blew a gasket.
The New York Rangers forced Game 7 with a 3-2 win over the Senators in front of a rocking Scotiabank Place crowd Monday night.
Senators fans may have seen Alfredsson, returning from a three-game absence due to a concussion, play here for the last time. If that's the case. one of their final memories won't be a great one.
The power play was so bad, coach Paul MacLean didn't put his top unit on with the club down in the third period. That didn't sit well with Alfredsson, who was shown smashing his stick and stomping on a water bottle.
"It was a little frustration and I probably should have handled myself better," said Alfredsson.
MacLean said he will discuss the incident with the captain.
"Frustration is a useless emotion to me," said MacLean.
Unable to fight through the tight checking and questionable refereeing by Tim Peel and Steve Kozari, only Chris Neil and Jason Spezza put the puck past Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 25 shots.
While Derek Stepan and Brad Richards scored on the power play, Chris Kreider also beat Craig Anderson.
"I didn't think we played very well or consistently until the last six minutes of the game," said MacLean. "I'd like to see us play harder."
The Senators pulled to within a goal with 39 seconds left with the net empty when Spezza scored on a scramble. While it looked like the puck may have been kicked in, the refs called it a goal.
MacLean was asked if he was sending a message to Spezza, who played only three shifts in the final period.
"He's not injured," said MacLean.
This game turned ugly for the Senators in the second as the Rangers pulled out to a 3-1 lead on only seven shots.
Terrible officiating resulted in a 5-on-3 advantage for the Rangers. Going to the net, Nick Foligno was given a goalie interference penalty when he was pushed into Lundqvist.
With Foligno and Filip Kuba off, Richards fired a shot from the circle past Anderson on the stick side to put the Rangers up 2-1 at 17:08. The awful call was the turning point and the referees were booed off the ice.
"I was really disappointed about that call," Foligno told QMI Agency. "I'm getting pushed. How else do you want me to stop? I'm trying to actually avoid him if you watch the replay. Especially at a crucial time of the game. We're already killing a penalty. It's 4-on-4. You have to be damn sure that's a penalty to call that."
Trying to light a fire under the Rangers in the first period, Brandon Prust challenged Neil twice, who accepted the second time and brought the Ottawa crowd to its feet.
Neil wasn't pleased that Michael Del Zotto elbowed him in the head late in the third.
"I'm sure I will catch him with his head down," said Neil.