OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators may have played their final home game of the season Wednesday. The question remains whether it was the final game in Ottawa for captain Daniel Alfredsson.
The Senators were thumped 7-3 by the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Scotiabank Place, leaving them down 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. With Game 5 set for Friday at Consol Energy Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), and the Senators reeling, Alfredsson was forced to be blunt when asked if his club could rebound.
Right Wing - OTT
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 6 | PTS: 10
SOG: 27 | +/-: 4
"Probably not," Alfredsson said. "I mean, with their depth and power play right now, you know, it doesn't look too good.
"When you look at what we did, it wasn't good enough. Does that mean [Pittsburgh] was good? Did we make them good? Who really cares? From our point of view, we didn't manage the puck [well], we didn't execute our passes, and subsequently, we got punished in the neutral zone. We turned way too many pucks over and gave them some freebies. It would have been nice to have the lead for a little bit longer, but now we're back on our heels again. We didn't shut them down when it matters."