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The Senators re-group in Washington

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators
On Tuesday morning rookie Brandon Bochenski, right, skated under the guidance of strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee, left.

After a stunning 8-3 loss to the Thrashers in Atlanta on Monday, the Senators had an off-ice morning workout on Tuesday at their downtown hotel in Washington D.C. The training staff put the players through a 30-minute workout.

In meeting with the media while the players did their workout, head coach Bryan Murray reflected on Monday's game.

"I'm not doing anything with them (players) until tomorrow," Murray said. "I'll speak with a couple of individuals. (We will) go to the morning skate (tomorrow) and meet after that."

In looking at the big picture of the loss, the coach noted. "After 82 games, you can get all excited about a loss occasionally. Certainly last night is an occasion where you could get upset. The best thing for me to do is to let it go for the day. (We have to) be logical about what we want do -- not be all emotional and all upset. I think there's a time when you do that."

Murray believes it's important for the team to go back, regroup and get organized again. "You can express your disappointment or pat people on the back -- whatever you want to do at any occasion. But to do it at the right time, and in the right way, is important for me."

Wade Redden, who is serving as team captain in Daniel Alfredsson's absence, echoed Murray's comments. "There's not much good you can say about a game like that. Just put it behind us and get ready for the next one."

"It seemed like every shift, in the second (period) especially, you go out there and you're digging the puck out of the back of the net," added Redden, who registered a -4 in the plus-minus rating.

"It was a frustrating night. It was a night we'll just forget about and put behind us. We had a pretty decent start, too, which was kind of ironic the way the game turned out."

Black-and-blue injury report

With Dominik Hasek being a late scratch for yesterday's game in Atlanta after tweaking his back, it looked like the Senators injured list would grow by one more. Hasek relayed to the media on Tuesday though that he feels better today. "I don't know for sure, but I think I'll be ready for tomorrow," he noted.

"Gerry (Townend, Senators athletic therapist) told me last night after the game he thinks Hasek will be okay, that he worked on him a little bit better," Murray said. "I would be surprised if he's not ready (against Washington)."

Jason Spezza, though, who returned against Atlanta for his first game in five since suffering a pulled chest muscle, told the media this morning that he's still feeling some discomfort and there's a chance he may not play against Washington on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, back at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, captain Daniel Alfredsson spoke about the status of his broken rib injury.

Alfredsson is feeling better but he's unsure when he'll be ready to return to the lineup. In the meantime, he will workout in the gym and receive treatment while he nurses the injury suffered when he was struck by a Zdeno Chara slapshot on Dec. 30, 2005, against the New York Islanders.

"It's getting a lot better," Alfredsson said on Tuesday before leaving the Corel Centre. "I am able to work out a bit and ride the bike, enough to keep in shape. I'll take it day by day. I hope it keeps improving."

The 33-year-old said he still has difficulty catching his breath on occasion.

"When the puck hit me, it knocked the breath out of me. I felt that there was something wrong right away. When I got to the dressing room it was okay. Once the heart rate gets down, it's okay. I still can't take a real deep breath. I guess it's better that it's a rib rather than a hand or wrist though."

Alfredsson said he plans to work out each morning along with fellow forwards Brandon Bochenski and Martin Havlat, who are both injured with separated shoulders, under the guidance of strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee.

While Alfredsson spoke with reporters on Tuesday morning, Bochenski was accompanied by Lee on the ice for a skate that included some work with a skating chute.

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