October 30, 2011
Alfredsson grounded for Battle of Ontario
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson won’t be around to get booed in the Battle of Ontario.
The Senators aren’t saying what’s wrong with their captain after he took a vicious elbow to the head in Saturday’s 5-4 OT victory over the New York Rangers, but he won’t be in the lineup Sunday at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Alfredsson had concussion-like symptoms when he was helped off the ice by trainer Gerry Townend with 8:51 left in the third period of the victory after the elbow by Wojtek Wolski. Bobby Butler will take Alfredsson’s place.
Alfredsson wasn’t available to speak to the media for the second straight day.
“He’s still being evaluated,” said coach Paul MacLean.
The Senators know the task won’t be easy without Alfredsson. He has been one of the club’s best players.
“I haven’t even talked to him about how he’s feeling but we hope it’s not an extended period,” said centre Jason Spezza.
The Senators recalled winger Nikita Filatov from their AHL affiliate in Binghamton but have elected not to play him. The most surprising news is the decision to start rookie Robin Lehner in net against the Leafs.
He was recalled to replace an injured Alex Auld Saturday. MacLean said the decision to start Lehner is simple.
“We’ve got four games in six days,” said MacLean.
As for Filatov, he may have been brought up because the Senators were concerned Zenon Konopka may get suspended.