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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Alfredsson suffers "setback"

By Katie Strang

Kanata, Ontario -- Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who sustained a concussion in Game 2 against the Rangers Saturday, suffered a setback after Monday's morning skate, coach Paul MacLean confirmed. The 39-year-old veteran sat out Monday's match -- a 1-0 shutout loss to the Rangers -- and doesn't look like he'll be available for Game 4.

Although Alfredsson told reporters Monday morning he was feeling
better after Carl Hagelin's suspension-worthy hit forced him from Saturday's game, some symptoms resurfaced prior to Ottawa's first home game of the series. MacLean did not rule out Alfredsson for Wednesday, but it appears unlikely he will play.

"He's the captain of the team, the most experienced player on the team," MacLean said. "It's a big loss for any team."

Alternate captain Jason Spezza, who along with top winger Milan Michalek has been held without a goal in the first three games, said the loss of Alfredsson in Game 3 was a prime opportunity for other players to step up.

"Our depth is as strong as it has been in a long time," he said after Tuesday's practice at Scotiabank Place. "That said, you can't replace a veteran like Daniel Alfredsson."

Alfredsson missed five games earlier this season with a concussion
after a questionable hit from then-Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski in the two clubs' first meeting October 29.