OTTAWA - The morning after his meltdown Daniel Alfredsson was named a finalist for the Masterton Trophy.
The Senators captain - along with Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul and Montreal’s Max Pacioretty - is one of three finalists for the trophy that is awarded for perseverance and dedication to hockey.
Alfredsson, 39, has been enjoying a dream season. Not only have the Senators returned to the playoffs, he finished with 59 points, scored his 400th career goal and was a starter in the NHL all-star game at Scotiabank Place in January.
Alfredsson lost his cool during the third period of the Senators’ 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers Monday. In an out-of-character tirade, he smashed his stick and was visibly angry on the bench while the team’s top power play unit was benched during a penalty by coach Paul MacLean. Alfredsson later apologized for the outburst, saying he should have handled the situation better.
The Senators and Rangers are knotted at 3-3 heading into the deciding game 7 Thursday in New York.
Each chapter of the PWHA voted on nominees and the three finalists were chosen from the top vote getters. The winner will be announced during the NHL awards on June 20th in Las Vegas.