Alfie nets 400th goal

Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson holds the puck that he scored his 400th career goal with in overtime...

Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson holds the puck that he scored his 400th career goal with in overtime to defeat the Flames in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

OTTAWA - In their last game of 2011 at Scotiabank Place, the Senators closed the door with a bang.

And doing the honours, naturally, was captain Daniel Alfredsson. The best player in franchise history scored the 400th goal of his storied career, one-timing a slapshot past Calgary goalie Leland Irving at 3:31 of overtime to give the Senators a 4-3 victory.

Rene Bourque was in the box for holding Erik Karlsson at the time.

“It feels great. I alway said I’d love to do it at home, but it’s going to happen when it happens,” said Alfredsson of 400. “We were so caught up in the game, you just want to win the game. I didn’t really think about if I score now, it’s going to be 400. I was just trying to find a lane, and if I did I was going to shoot it.

“I saw it go in and I saw Erik jumping towards me, and that’s when I kind of realized it was 400 as well. Obviously, with family and friends here it makes it more special. I put it exactly where I wanted it. It was pretty nice to see it go in.”

“I wanted him to score bad,” said Karlsson. “I wanted him to get his goal. I think he wanted it too, to be able to do it and move forward.

“He had a couple of good shots and probably could have scored at least four times on that power play there. I’m obviously really happy for him that he did it at home and a game like this, that was so important for us. It shows that he’s the leader of this team still, and that he’s a great hockey player.”

The Senators completed a comeback from a 3-0 first-period deficit when Karlsson put up a late candidate for goal of the year to tie the game just past the four-minute mark of the third.

His magnificent solo effort started when he flicked his stick out to break up a Calgary rush in the neutral zone. Karlsson then carried the puck toward the goal and ripped a wrist shot off the mask of Flames goalie Leland Irving. With Irving appearing to be momentarily stunned, Karlsson picked up the rebound, circled the net and fired the puck into the short side.

“It’s nice to score some goals every once in a while, too,” said Karlsson. “Especially the way the game was. We started off slow and we worked ourselves into the game and really kept it up. We showed we’re still a good team and we’re going to win big games.”

Coach Paul MacLean started backup goalie Alex Auld because the game was the first of a three-in-four-night, four-in-six nights stretch for the Senators. It was also the only one of the bunch against a Western Conference opponent.

Auld was pulled after the first period for giving up three goals on 16 shots, including a damaging tone- setter just 23 seconds in.

With Craig Anderson on in relief, the Senators rallied.

Things definitely went downhill fast for the Senators in the first period.

“I thought we responded in the second and third period,” said MacLean. “First period, we weren’t very good at all. We didn’t play with enough competitive juice.”


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