Senators' Colin Greening (centre) celebrates his goal against the Penguins with teammates Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza during second period NHL action in Ottawa on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (Blair Gable/Reuters)
OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson really did have the flu -- he wasn't just calling in sick so he could watch Brad Fritsch tangle with Tiger at Torrey Pines -- and his absence from the lineup Sunday should have an interesting trickle down effect going forward.
Minus the services of his captain, Senators coach Paul MacLean reunited Colin Greening with his old linemates Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek for what turned out to be a reminder how well the combination works together.
Greening scored his first goal of the season, muscling into position to fire in a rebound after Marc-Andre Fleury stopped Spezza's shot, to tie the game at 13:44 of the middle period. Seconds later, he flexed his size and strength on an attempt to put the home side in front which would have succeeded had his reach for a loose puck been just a little longer.