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Wiith just under two minutes to go in the 3rd period, the Ottawa Senators were looking at least a much needed point in the standings.
Then they allowed Christian Ehrhoff a wide open shot which beats Craig Anderson.
This was 5-on-5 play although someone from the Senators left the point wide open.
Sill received five for interference on this hit to Kyle Turris.
03:23 PIT Zach Sill served by Jayson Megna Interference (maj) - 5 min against Kyle Turris
03:23 OTT Alex Chiasson served by Chris Neil Instigator - 2 min against Zach Sill
03:23 OTT Alex Chiasson Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Zach Sill
03:23 OTT Alex Chiasson Game misconduct - 10 min
03:23 PIT Zach Sill Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Kyle Turris
added 1:35pm, Video added below...
Daniel Alfredsson addresses the fans in Ottawa.
Nice gesture by the Ottawa players...
added 9:56am, Press conference is over.
Daniel Alfredsson will announce his retirement today from the NHL and you can watch it below. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 9:30am ET.
But first, here is a tribute video the Senators put together.
Live stream of Alfredsson retirement is below and again, it is scheuduled to start at 9:30am.
from Andrew Duffy of the Ottawa Citizen,
As a draft-eligible junior in Sweden, he was so little regarded that he was passed over by every team in the NHL. It wasn’t until he was 22 years old and a forward in the Swedish Elite League that the Ottawa Senators plucked him out of the sixth round, 133rd overall. He was — like everyone else chosen so late in the 1994 draft — a gamble, a long shot, a hunch.
“We liked what we saw, but he was a little undersized,” remembers then Senators GM Randy Sexton. “It was no slam dunk that he was going to play in the NHL.”
Alfredsson will retire Thursday with more NHL goals (444) and more points (1,157) than anyone else selected in that year’s draft.
Even more improbably, this quiet, private man from Gothenburg, Sweden will retire as the most beloved hockey player in the modern history of the Ottawa Senators: an icon in a city still coming to terms with its Alfie obsession.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
They’re now fifth in the chase for a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, allowing Toronto, Florida and Washington to all leapfrog past them in the past couple of weeks.
For all the Senators fans laughing when Nashville spanked Toronto 9-2 on Nov. 18, the Maple Leafs have since strung together a 4-0 record.
The Senators, meanwhile, are licking their wounds following their lost weekend here, which included a 4-1 defeat to Tampa Bay Saturday and a 3-2 loss to Florida Friday.
And what’s staring them in the face? An away-and-home series against the New York Islanders, who have just completed an 11-3-0 November to remember. That will be followed by a trip to face Metro Division-leading Pittsburgh Saturday and a home game against Pacific Division leading Vancouver Sunday.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
The coach also took a not-so-subtle shot at his leadership group for the sloppy performance in Friday’s 3-2 loss to Florida and the overall inconsistency during the current road trip.
“Preparation,” he said. “Leadership and preparation. Getting prepared to play the game in the National Hockey League. There’s no gimme games. You have to be prepared to work and play and if you’re not prepared to compete … the biggest thing for me was our competition level against St. Louis was where it had to be against a very good team.
“Our competition level against Detroit and against Florida was not near good enough. That’s what we have to get rid of in our game. The excuse of being young or the excuse of being on the road, or the excuse of it being a tough building, or this and that … we’re not interested in excuses. We’re interested in results.”
The Senators play in Tampa tonight.
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