Senators fighting mad

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

Tempers flared yesterday at Scotiabank Place.

First, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson smashed his stick, breaking a pane of glass after he wasn't happy with the way a drill went. Then, winger Dany Heatley and centre Chris Kelly also got into a heated exchange which featured plenty of juicy adjectives.

With the Senators coming off an embarrassing 4-0 loss in Montreal on Tuesday, the players know they have to get their act together.

"I know I was (frustrated), for sure," said Alfredsson. "You are disappointed from (Tuesday). We worked pretty good in practice, so it's good to get right back to work. I didn't mean to break (the glass). I was just frustrated with the shift I had before. I was just going to hit it. I guess I just hit a sweet spot."

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Though Senators coach Craig Hartsburg spent more than 10 minutes speaking with Heatley near centre ice after the 45-minute practice had officially ended, Kelly played down the incident and maintained that anything that happened on the ice is forgotten.

"There's no hard feelings with Heatley as far as I am concerned," Kelly said before leaving the rink. "We go at it and then when we're walking off the ice, we're best buddies. There's nothing that comes from it. I do it with (Jason Spezza). I do it with everybody. Nothing would ever go further than us yelling at each other, saying a few F-bombs and we'll leave it at that."

Asked what he was talking to Hartsburg about, Heatley said: "We were talking about my skates."

While that probably wasn't the case, they may have been discussing the fact that the Senators have to get their skates in gear starting tonight against the Islanders if they're going to get back to playing decent hockey.

Senators GM Bryan Murray said he expects better.

"We're a better than the way we played (on Tuesday)," said Murray. "Montreal is a good team and we recognize that, but the game was just kind of sitting there and we had a chance to win and we didn't do it.

"It's been a while since we put it together game after game and it has nothing to do with our depth players. It has a lot to do with the guys who are committed to us and we are committed to them for a period of years.

"They have to do more and that's a fact of life. Any team that wants to be good in this league, your best players have to be your best players every night. It's always been that way and always will be that way."

After the dreary performance against the Habs, Hartsburg shook up his lines yesterday, moving Nick Foligno to the top line with Heatley and Spezza while moving Antoine Vermette back to play with Kelly on the club's third unit.

Alfredsson remained with Mike Fisher and Jesse Winchester.

"The goals and assists will be a result of work, competing, confidence and playing the team game," said Hartsburg. "If you do all those things first, you'll score. For some reason, we get away from that at times."


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