-- Ottawa Senators
captain Daniel Alfredsson
left Saturday's game with the New York Rangers
and did not return after taking a hit to the head from Wojtek Wolski
during the third period.
With the Rangers leading 4-2 and about eight minutes left in regulation, Wolski was whistled for an illegal check to the head of an unsuspecting Alfredsson, who appeared dazed afterward. He was taken to the locker room by a trainer. Coach Paul MacLean
had no update on his captain's status after the game but said he will be evaluated Sunday.
Wolski's hit undoubtedly drew the attention of the League's Department of Player Safety, which monitors all games. But he said he didn't believe Alfredsson's head was the principal point of contact on the hit.
Right Wing - OTT
GOALS: 4 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 7
SOG: 29 | +/-: -3
"I was skating back and he was coming toward me and as soon as I saw him, I braced myself and kind of gave him a hit," said Wolski after the Rangers squandered a 4-1 lead and lost 5-4 in a shootout. "I watched it on the video right now and there's no contact to the head."
That was the second illegal hit in the game that will be reviewed by the League.
During the second period, Ottawa's Zenon Konopka
was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding the Rangers' Artem Anisimov
, who was down on the ice for about a minute but was able to return for his next shift. The Rangers scored twice on the ensuing power play to take a 2-1 lead.
"I thought we were both getting two minutes for roughing," said Konopka, who was referring to the scrap he got into with the Rangers' Michael Sauer
after the hit. "It's not a good feeling when you're in the dressing room and you give up two power-play goals when you're watching the game on the tube. But my teammates picked me up and we won the game."
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