The Ottawa Senators yesterday stepped up charges of goonery by Leafs winger Mark Bell, claiming the winger was responsible for captain Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher missing "weeks" of an anticipated playoff run.
A jarring blindside hit by Bell, below the shoulder but not an extended elbow, sent a dizzy Alfredsson to the frozen canvas on Thursday. No concussion symptons were evident yesterday, however that doesn't mean he'll be back soon.
"He's out for a period of time, but I don't know the time frame," Sens general manager/coach Bryan Murray said, refusing further details. Fisher is being tested for the extent of knee damage, which he argued came from a questionable knee-on-knee Bell hit early in the game, one not picked up by TV cameras. Bell maintained his innocence yesterday.
"I don't even remember (Fisher)," he said.
Bell again dismissed the claim that his check on Alfredsson was dirty.
"You play in the NHL, you're going to get hit," he said.
Leafs coach Paul Maurice backed his player and also had no recollection of Bell going low on Fisher.
"(If Bell was at fault), I'd think a team as physically strong as Ottawa's would've exacted some physical revenge," Maurice said. "After that, there were a couple of purse swingings that didn't amount to much. No offence, ladies."