Sens win in Sweden

CHRIS STEVENSON, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:34 PM ET

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - The Senators closed out their pre-season with a win over the Frolunda Indians tonight, but without centre Mike Fisher.

He aggravated his groin injury in the first period of the Senators’ 4-1 win over the Indians at the packed Scandinavium arena and left the game. He was taken out of the game for “precautionary” reasons.

Fisher, who said the injury is not related to the injury he battled through for much of last season, has been dogged by this groin problem through most of training camp. He skated with his teammates for the first time since sustaining the injury early in camp when the club arrived from Ottawa Monday.

Fisher’s status for the opening of the regular season in Stockholm against the Pittsburgh Penguins was not known. If he can’t play, veterans Shean Donovan or Dean McAmmond, who were both scratches tonight, will get a shot against the Penguins.

“I guess it was feeling a little tight, so he came out of the game. How do you get better from something like that in two days?” wondered Senators general manager Bryan Murray during the second intermission. “That’s the problem."

After a cautious opening to the game, the Senators, who finish the exhibition season 4-2, got goals from Chris Kelly and captain Daniel Alfredsson 71 seconds apart midway through the first 20 minutes to take a 2-0 lead.

Kelly beat Frolunda defenceman Tomi Kallio to the front of the net to tip in Nick Foligno’s setup from the right wing boards.

Alfredsson, playing in front of his hometown crowd which chanted his name, scored a beauty. He took a pass from Jason Spezza and had a step on the Indians’ defender. He swept in on his backhand and once Forlunda goaltender Ari Ahonen started to slide across, fired a forehand back against the grain and just inside the right post at 13:30.

The Indians scored the only goal of the second period to make it interesting going into the third. They caught a break when a shot by Oscar Hedman from the top of the left wing circle deflected off the hip of Senators defenceman Jason Smith and went in over Gerber’s glove at 11:18.

But the Senators took control in the third period as defenceman Alexandre Picard and then Spezza, with a wrist shot through a screen, made it 4-1. Alfredsson had an assist on the Spezza goal.

Alfredsson got the reception you would expect in his home town. He was presented with a plaque and flowers before the game and the fans chanted his name.

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca


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