Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Daniel Alfredsson's surprise return can't rescue broken Senators

OTTAWA — The presence of Daniel Alfredsson in the Ottawa Senators' lineup Monday night couldn't prevent another loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

But Senators general manager and coach Bryan Murray said it should stop anyone from questioning his captain's desire to bring a winner to Ottawa.

"It's unbelievable," Murray said after Alfredsson returned to the Senators' lineup for the first time since suffering undisclosed injuries in an April 3 game.

"I was told probably six weeks minimum when he was first injured in Toronto. He came to me this morning and asked about playing. And I said 'think about it, we'll talk about it. But I don't want you to play if it's going to be a long-term damage to you.' He came back this afternoon and he said he wanted to play.

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