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Daniel Alfredsson scores late goal as Ottawa Senators hold off Winnipeg Jets 6-4

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WINNIPEG - Daniel Alfredsson scored twice including the decisive goal in the dying minutes as the Ottawa Senators dimmed the playoff hopes of the Winnipeg Jets with a 6-4 win Monday.

Evander Kane gave the Jets hope at 17:03 of the third period after the puck went in off his arm as he was pushed into the net.

The goal was reviewed but stood to tie the game at four.

But Alfredsson scored his second goal of the game just 24 seconds later to silence what had been a raucous crowd at MTS Centre.

Chris Neil, Kaspars Daugavins and Kyle Turris also scored for Ottawa (39-28-10), while Milan Michalek added one into an empty net.

Winnipeg's Antti Miettinen scored twice and Kyle Wellwood also scored as fans screamed themselves hoarse trying to give the Jets (35-33-8) the home-ice edge that has made the difference so many times this season.

Time is running out for the Jets. There are just six games to go as they fight for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth.

All six of those games will be played against Eastern Conference rivals, starting with a visit from the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.

It also doesn't help that the two teams the Jets are struggling to catch, Buffalo and Washington, play each other Tuesday night, guaranteeing at least one will gain another two points.

Neil got credit for the first goal in the final seconds of the first period, slipping in Jason Spezza's rebound right in front of the Winnipeg net.

Daugavins scored less than two minutes into the second, silencing the Winnipeg crowd briefly, but nine seconds later they erupted when Mietttinen put Winnipeg on the board.

Wellwood tied the game at two from the right faceoff circle when Kane swooped around the net and fed him the puck.

Spezza had just served the second of back-to-back tripping penalties when he set up Ottawa's third goal of the game. Ondrej Pavelec went down and Spezza fed Turris, who slipped a soft one into an unguarded net.

But Miettinen returned the favour just 20 seconds later to tie the game back up at three when Ottawa netminder Craig Anderson was slow returning after leaving the net to clear the puck.

Less than two minutes into the third Wellwood had a chance to score the go-ahead goal on a penalty shot but was stoned by Anderson.

Instead it was Alfredsson who scored at just 2:54 after Erik Karlsson stole the puck near the Winnipeg blue-line, setting up the game's dramatic finale.

Notes ??? Winnipeg's Tim Stapleton failed to keep his scoring streak alive. He scored in the three previous games. . . . Pavelec made his 12th straight start in the Winnipeg net. . . . Alexander Burmistrov went to the bench late in the third after what looked like a slash.

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