Sens' Alfie feels double the pain

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

This loss was more than painful for captain Daniel Alfredsson.

As the Senators prepared for the summer after a 4-3 OT loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday at Scotiabank Place, Alfredsson revealed he played the six game series with a stomach injury and the possibility of surgery exists.

Alfredsson will have the injury looked at in the next couple of days and then a decision will be made by the club’s medical staff on what course of action to take. He had his best performance in Game 6, with a goal and side.

“I’ve been dealing with a stomach muscle that has been bothering me. We’ll see in the next few days if we’re going to do anything about it,” said Alfredsson.

He said this was a tough series to lose because after missing the playoffs last spring, he knows there are no guarantees the club will get back next year and he’s in the twilight of his career.

“You know in the league today how hard it is to just make the playoffs,” said Alfredsson. “I haven’t been reflecting much on my career at all up to this point. When I had the 1,000-game ceremony, you start thinking more.

“Going into these playoffs, you start thinking about whether you’re going to be back in the playoffs again. That’s why it felt so good, playing as good as we did in Game 5 (a 4-3 triple-OT win). I thought we were going to get it to Game 7.

“It was tough to lose (Game 6),” he said. “We couldn’t really get that last goal, or that last break, in this series at all.

“They’ve got a savvy team. They’ve been around. They know it’s not over until it’s over and they showed that (last night).”


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