April 16, 2012
Alfredsson out for Game 3Sens captain suffered concussion
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
OTTAWA - Daniel Alfredsson will not suit up for Game 3 tonight against the Rangers at Scotiabank Place due to concusssion symptoms, sources have confirmed to the Sun.
The Senators captain — who took an an elbow to the head from Carl Hagelin in Game 2 Saturday — was on the Monday morning.
His status for Game 3 was expected to be a game-time decision.
Speaking to reporters this morning, Alfredsson said he felt much better, but wouldn't confirm he would play.
“(Sunday) was better than (Saturday) night. I went for a bike ride and felt pretty good,” said Alfredsson. “I was active at home with the kids. I felt pretty good this morning. The next step is today. I will see how I feel after.
“Every situation is different. You take it as it comes. You can’t force something like this. I find you just go with the flow and relax. If it’s good, it’s good. If it’s not, it’s not. The less you think about it, the less stress you put on yourself.”
Earlier in the day, league VP of safety Brendan Shanahan told WFAN in New York that Alfredsson suffered a concussion.
“Usually when I deal with an injury report from a team doctor, most of these guys say what Ottawa said to me was this could be one day, it could be one year. You just don’t know,” Shanahan told WFAN New York Monday morning.
“We’ve had that situation happen before where we thought something was one day and it ends up being one month. We’ve had situations where a guy thought he was really bad and ends up feeling good. I don’t pretend to be a doctor. It’s very clear, at the very least, he’s not faking. Otherwise, he would have come back and played on the power play in the last game and played the rest of an important game.
“Whether he’s back tonight or whether he’s back later in the week, we just don’t know. I made the call, at the very least, knowing that whether it’s serious or not serious _ we just don’t know with head injuries _ there was an injury.”
Shanahan said the injury was the reason Hagelin got a three-game suspension and defenceman Matt Carkner only one game for sucker punching Brian Boyle
“The biggest difference between the two plays is there’s the head injury and concussion on one and there’s no injury on the other,” said Shanahan.
Shanahan said Hagelin’s hit was intentional.
“I do think Carl Hagelin’s a good kid,” said Shanahan. “He looks right at Daniel Alfredsson, skates at him and elbows him right in the head. And Alfredsson has to leave a big game, an important game, and has a concussion and doesn’t come back.”
Winger Nick Foligno said even if Alfredsson plays that doesn’t forgive what Hagelin did and doesn’t believe the captain will be a target.
“I don’t think we’re going to worry too much about that and if they go back at it again I think he can handle it,” said Foligno. “That suspension was well-deserved. I don’t think anyone is going to argue that.”