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Alfredsson leads Senators over Lightning

Daniel Alfredsson

Daniel Alfredsson

1/24/2008 11:27:38 PM

TAMPA, Fla. - Daniel Alfredsson showed why he is the Ottawa Senators' captain.

Alfredsson had three goals and four assists for an Ottawa-record seven points, leading the struggling Senators to an 8-4 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

"You could tell he was on fire," Senators goalie Martin Gerber said. "It was fun to watch, that's for sure."

Alfredsson and Jason Spezza, who had two goals and an assist, scored 29 seconds apart during Ottawa's three-goal first period. Alfredsson added a short-handed goal and his 500th career assist in the second as the Senators took a 5-0 lead.

"It's a lot of fun, especially the way the whole team played and the big win we needed today," Alfredsson said.


 

Tampa Bay's John Tortorella coached his 507th game, breaking a tie with Herb Brooks for most games coached by an American-born NHL coach.

Alfredsson topped his career high of six points at Buffalo on Nov. 2, 2005.

"Right now, the way I look at it, you add it up at the end of your career and you look back and maybe say, 'Oh, I remember that night in Tampa,"' Alfredsson said.

Antoine Vermette, Randy Robitaille and Dean McAmmond also scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Senators, who had lost three in a row and five of six.

Tampa Bay defenceman Dan Boyle scored twice in his return to the lineup after missing the previous 36 games following left wrist surgery. Nick Tarnasky and Craig MacDonald had the Lightning's other goals.

"The wrist held up, and that's probably the only positive thing that came out of it," Boyle said. "It's been a frustrating year for me. A lot of stuff happened. There's going to be some pain and some weakness along the way, but nothing that's going to bother me down the road."

The Lightning, last in the Eastern Conference, had a three-game winning streak end. Tortorella's post-game media session was a short one, as he told reporters he wasn't going to answer questions.

"Everytime we took one step, right away we took one back," Tampa Bay right wing Martin St. Louis said.

Alfredsson scored from the top of the left circle at 13:43 of the first. Spezza made it 2-0 from the high slot at 14:12.

Alfredsson scored a power-play goal with 1:19 left in the first and added his sixth short-handed goal of the season on a 2-on-1 to put Ottawa up 4-0 at 4:38 of the second.

"He's been as good as any player in the league from the playoffs until now," Senators coach John Paddock said. "I don't think anybody can argue with that."

Alfredsson got his 500th career assist on Vermette's goal later in the second at 9:36. Boyle cut the Tampa Bay deficit to 5-1 with 6:09 left in the period.

Both teams scored twice in the opening 5:07 of the third. Robitaille and McAmmond had the Ottawa goals, while Tarnasky and MacDonald scored for Tampa Bay.

Boyle scored his second of the game at 15:17 of the third. Spezza got the goal back with 3:27 remaining.

Notes: Alfredsson has scored 30 or more goals in four different seasons. .. Dallas co-general manager Brett Hull scouted his second Lightning home game in three days. Chicago and Phoenix also had a scout at the game. .. Ottawa RW Brian McGrattan (right shoulder) missed his second straight, and is listed as day to day. .. Senators D Wade Redden had his 300th career assist on Vermette's goal.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1jnevaMVP!!!! Wake up and realize people….Face the facts ...
2KexoduscBy tomorrow it should be 7 points, replays show Al ...
3jordanmc1Alfie= MVP Nuff said. ...
4andredthat'll be SEVEN points for Alfie...what a player. ...
5wolviemkmFantastic, now that is a REAL Captain who can rais ...
6SensSaintsSoxWhat does Alfie mean to this team? I think tonight ...
7Sens_in_57 points for Alfie. Skill, class, leadership - we ...
8TuffGirlALFIE! ALFIE! ALFIE! Fun game to watch, the Lightn ...
9s0m3oNeALFIE! This guy is incredible! Definitely deserves ...
10shyshailaALFIE!!!!ALFIE!!!!ALFIE!!!! ...
11TheVerveThe best Swede in the NHL as of tonight is Alfreds ...
12vidI hope those sens haters crawled back into their r ...
13#1sensfan69Alfie for MVP!!!! if there is any doubt in anyones ...
14Alfie11Alfie! Alfie! Alfie! If there's a better all-round ...
15gordholiohAlmost Darryl Sittler numbers. Wow! ...
16case41A good game of pond hockey! But the Sens will take ...
17AyotteDosen't matter how you coat it, the sens still suc ...
18beanie11OMG ALFIE! What a game! Congrats to the captain on ...
19HipCheck60Very likely 7 points after the game tape is review ...
20doug_66Alfie is the best! great game by the sens tonight. ...
21habs4ever2Not sure if you realise it folks, but this 6 point ...
22SpezDispenserHoly cow. Explosion! Aflie...way to go, that was a ...
23iamkanatianI guess Daniel was excited about the news that the ...
24JFJ4evrHail el capitan ! As goes Alfie,as go the sens.By ...
25OttawaSenators2007this game was the spark. murray came down on them ...
26dmahoney2Alfie!!! This just cements his status as a God in ...
27KnowledgistI was sticking up for Alfie back in '06 when many ...
28spezza117ONE WORD:ALFY! the GM of san jose must be strangli ...
29PensFan21haha, and to think 2 years ago they all wanted dan ...
30leafsforever13MVP? Alfreddson is the king of playoff choking. On ...
31angrypengu1nAlfreddson is definitely the best captain in the N ...
32Habs#79Rulesi'm a hab fan but i love alfie!! Truebluefan not h ...
33richieiceAlfie is my hero, the Sens saviour and leader and ...
34buzzmanAs a Sens supporter, I'm glad they won (and that t ...
35lankythekidhuge game for the sens but how do you give Alfie t ...
36GOLEAFS67I am Sens hater...But they played welll.Alfie was ...
37sens_fan_4evrThat is why he is our CAPTAIN! Has to be MVP of t ...
38ComfortablyNumbThe man sets a new club record and takes over the ...
39slickdomenicCongrats Alfie, that was one hell of a game, and t ...
40heatleyfanif alfie dosn't get the hart i will be ticked. sti ...
41HockeyFan076Good Game boyz!!! Now if we could only work on our ...
42carrudAfter tonight's performance, Alfredsson has to be ...
43KnucklesNilanI'm not even a Sens fan but I agree that Alfie has ...
44ObamaNice Ottawa doing well again! Just think what the ...
45xiledragonHope he can keep this up and win all those well-de ...
46ajaybalThe ulitimate SUPERSTAR! Alfie=MVP. NO DOUBT ABOUT ...
47mengland518I'm a Leaf fan... and Alfie was wicked tonight.. t ...
48zadehaNICE SENS!! Good game boys, let's keep it this way ...
49zadehaBut I hope the All-Star break is spent working on ...
50S-T-KCongratulations, Mr. Alfredsson. I've never been a ...
51fan_of_the_gameGood grief people get off Berger's case. So he let ...
52brownsvilleALFIE x 7! He leads by example! Just what we neede ...
53JFJ4evrOh !...I forgot to mention..did any of you guys se ...
54Alfie11To the Redden haters, he was a +12 before tonight ...
55Sens_RuleWow great job Alfie, anyone who says he's not a so ...
56cathartiki guess the parade is back on.... Krusty will lead ...
57sens-flames4lifeIn the words of Pierre Mcguire... MONSTER! MONSTER ...
58carlos25What a Captain. He and Mats are cut from the same ...
59numberzzalfie alfie alfie for MVP! when the best is down ...
60Alfie11OK, last post from me on this game. But I watched ...
61acaudlealfie's a tank!!!! ...
62DiehardLeafWow! That was Gretztkyesque to say the least. This ...
63deg890I am a huge hab fan.. but alfie is the most comple ...
64jump44what show. things you never thought you would see ...
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