Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson said the mood wasn’t good among the Senators late in Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Senators were trailing 1-0 late in the third period and on the verge of going down 3-0 in the series, when defenseman Erik Karlsson was called for a slashing penalty with 1:27 left in regulation.
“It was somber, there’s no question,” Alfredsson told Jim Rome on Rome’s radio program, but thought they had nothing to lose. “If we lose 2-0, 3-0, it doesn’t matter, we have to go for it.”
And the Senators did, taking advantage of Pittsburgh’s cautious approach, forcing a turnover that led to a short-handed rush where Alfredsson tied the game with 29 seconds left in regulation.
“We were able to carry it (puck) up without too much trouble and be able to get a play at the net. Fortunately for us, it worked out,” said Alfredsson.
The Senators went on to win it with a Colin Greening goal in the second overtime, and pull within a game of Pittsburgh. Overall, Alfredsson was happy after admitting the team’s confidence took a hit after allowing eight goals in the first two games.
“It did a little bit,” said Alfredsson. “But I think we knew how to correct it because we kind of gave Pittsburgh too much respect.
The captain said they had gone from a team in their previous series against Montreal of making their own luck to one that was relying on their opponents to make mistakes.
“The first two games we gave them a little too much time with the puck,” said Alfredsson. “They have so much skill from (Sidney) Crosby, (Evgeni) Malkin, (Jarome) Iginla, to name a few, that they’re going to make you pay.”
Alfredsson said they did a much better job of playing their style of hockey in Game 3 and knows that has to continue if they are going to beat the Penguins.
“Going forward they’re going to be an even more dangerous team,” said the captain. “Tomorrow, we are going to have to do an even better job.”
The 40-year-old has played his entire career in Ottawa and is still chasing his first Stanley Cup. Although Alfredsson admits there have been times when he’s wondered what it would be like playing elsewhere, he has no regrets.
“I’ve been here so long that I felt if I won the Cup, I’d want to do it here,” said Alfredsson who holds the franchise records for goals, assists and points. “That’s the relationship I have with the city and the fans.”