Alfredsson talks tough

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:40 PM ET


 Daniel Alfredsson would like to say something to Ed Belfour:

 We're not finished.

 A day after predicting his Ottawa Senators would solve the Maple Leafs goaltender, Alfredsson took matters last night into his own hands and scored the Sens' first goal since Game 1.

 "We knew it was coming and there will be more, that's all I can say," said Alfredsson, who had not scored in 10 consecutive playoff games.

 "It was big for us. I would not overemphasize it, because we know we are going to score some goals. I don't think anybody believed we couldn't score."

 Alfredsson sent the capacity crowd of 18,500 at Ottawa's Corel Centre -- those Leafs' fans who made such a racket in the final game of the season now are sparse -- into a towel-waving frenzy when his backhand slipped between Belfour's legs in the final minute of the first period.

 It erased the Leafs' only lead of the night, but more importantly, was undeniable proof Belfour could be had.

 "There was a lot of an emotional lift from that goal," coach Jacques Martin said.

 "The timing of it was good."

 It wasn't just that the Senators beat Belfour.

 Peter Bondra was called for goaltender interference after bumping into the netminder when the game was barely a minute old; Todd White and Vaclav Varada both seemed to go out of their way at other times to yap at the temperamental goalie.

 The Sens said it was imperative to more traffic in front of Belfour, and after Alfredsson's goal they made him look ordinary. He didn't move on White's goal because of a screen and had no chance on a beautiful wrist shot by Marian Hossa.

 The Senators head into Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final tomorrow night at the Air Canada Centre tied 2-2, but it's a series they have largely dominated.

 If not for Belfour, the Sens probably would have celebrated a sweep last night.

 MOMENTUM

 But suggesting they have momentum and are in command didn't bring total agreement in the workout room.

 "They have a veteran hockey team that is never going to lay down," defenceman Curtis Leschyshyn said.

 "We certainly know we have our hands full."


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