Daniel Alfredsson returns to lineup

Updated: April 23, 2012, 11:03 PM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

OTTAWA -- Looking to pull off a stunning upset against the top-seeded New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, the Ottawa Senators have captain Daniel Alfredsson back as they try to close out the series.

Alfredsson, who missed the past three games of the series with a concussion, played Monday night at Scotiabank Place.

"I'm playing," he said earlier Monday after taking part in the team's morning skate.

Although he suffered a setback prior to Game 3, Alfredsson said he has made improvements each day since resuming light activity on Friday.

"I feel physically fine to be able to handle the physical play in the game tonight," he said.

With the Senators leading the series 3-2 and a having chance to close it out at home, the team is eager to welcome the 39-year-old veteran back. Alfredsson finished the regular season with 27 goals and 32 assists.

"It's a huge boost for our club," said alternate captain Jason Spezza, who tallied two goals in the Senators' 2-0 win against New York on Saturday. "To get a guy like that back in the lineup at this point of the series is a huge boost."

Alfredsson sustained the concussion in Game 2 of the series on a hit from New York's Carl Hagelin. The 23-year-old Rangers rookie also returned Monday night after serving a three-game suspension for the play.

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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