Sens 'don't laugh at anybody'

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

ATLANTA -- The Senators insist it's no laughing matter.

The Senators steadfastly denied a report in yesterday's Washington Times which said they were laughing "and making snide remarks" at the Capitals after taking a 3-0 first period lead Monday night.

All-star winger Alexander Ovechkin, who scored twice in in the 4-3 overtime win for the Caps, told the Times the actions by the Senators spurred them to rally for the victory.

"It looked like their (attitude) wasn't very good," said Ovechkin. "That got us angry."

The Senators deny they did anything to embarrass the Caps.

"A team that hasn't won in three games doesn't laugh at anybody, no matter what the score is," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We respect every team and we respect them a lot. I just think this is a case where Ovechkin's English isn't very good and he thought something happened that didn't. This didn't happen."

Centre Jason Spezza backed the captain's stance.

"We'd lost three straight and we don't have the right to laugh at anybody," said Spezza. "I don't know where that came from.

"I'm not sure Ovechkin knows what he's talking about."


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