Birthday boy a Sen for the ages

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:22 AM ET

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson turned 36 yesterday.

"I'm going to make some phone calls because my phone is busted and nobody can get a hold of me right now," Alfredsson said of his post-practice plans. "Then I'm going to dinner with some of the guys (last night)."

Alfredsson said he was not feeling the weight of a higher number.

"I feel really good," he said. "One of the best things about being a pro athlete is you're among young guys. So I get to jab the 19- and 20-year-olds, and they get to jab me. It keeps you young."

As far as a birthday present wish, Alfredsson said: "I asked (son) Hugo for a drawing. Other than that, the usual. Shirt and tie, or something like that."

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Along with his scoring exploits, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is challenging for the league lead in hits. Before last night's play, he was third, behind Boston's Milan Lucic and Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik, with 101. Does Caps coach Bruce Boudreau worry about his rambunctious star's health? "I go home to sleep worried he's going to get hurt," said Boudreau. "But you can't take the game away from him. You have to let Alex be Alex. If you start giving him guidelines on how to put a square peg in a round hole, you're not going to get the other part of it." ... C Cody Bass led the Senators with five hits in Wednesday's loss to the Blackhawks. What's particularly interesting about that is Bass had only five shifts and a total of 1:52 of ice time.


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