Senators' Alfredsson clarifies comments made after Game 4
OTTAWA — While the Penguins sit in the driver's seat, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is taking heat for comments he made after Wednesday's 7-3 shellacking.
Asked 10 minutes after the game if Ottawa could bounce back and win the next three games of their Round 2 series, the Senators captain said: “Probably not.”
It was headline material for some. It sent social media circles into a tizzy.
Of course, there was more to it than a simple two-word answer and Alfredsson explained himself at a media availability session Thursday before the Senators headed to Pittsburgh for Friday's Game 5.
“Was it taken out of context? Probably,” Alfredsson said. “I can handle that. Maybe I should have continued right away where I left off in my answer. I don't doubt for one second that we'll come out with a great effort (Friday night).
“It sounds like I had given up. If you ask anyone and they look at our series, I don't think there are too many people that would pick us right now. That's what I meant. We're still in the playoffs.
“It doesn't matter to me which way it's looked at. The guys in this room know enough about me. I believe in these guys. What's said and how it's looked at, I'm not going to change anything in how it's said. It's obvious to me that we're in tough.”
Alfredsson's teammates have his back.
“He probably thought it was a stupid question,” Defenseman Erik Karlsson said. “It was a tough day. I don't think he meant it the way it was written in the papers. We still have a chance to win this thing. If we win the next one, who says we can't win the next one, then the one after that?”
Alfredsson was merely stating the obvious; that the Penguins are very much in control.
“We're down 3-1 to a very good team, going back to their building,” he said. “We're going to go there and give them a helluva game. We've always responded really well when our backs are against the wall.
“What's fun is we never give up. We've put ourselves in a lot of tough positions throughout the year and overcame those. The pressure is on Pittsburgh. They're supposed to win, they're up 3-1.”
“We have to win one game at a time, and we start with Game 5,” Goalie Craig Anderson said.
Tim Baines is a freelance writer.