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The ultimate captain

Tuesday, 12.06.2007 / 12:00 AM / Features
By Todd Anderson
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The ultimate captain
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will bring his family home to Sweden during the off-season. There he will prepare for another run at the Stanley Cup in 2007-08. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was an inspiration to his teammates during the 2007 playoffs. The veteran right-winger has played in all 99 playoff games in club history and is the all-time leader in goals (43), assists (37) and points (80) but this year's run was, by far, his most successful.

In 20 playoff games, Alfredsson was first among all players with 14 goals and he tied linemates Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley for the league lead with 22 points. He also led the NHL in game-winning goals with four and scored six of his tallies on the power play and another while short-handed.

Late in the Stanley Cup final against the Anaheim Ducks, Sens head coach Bryan Murray split up his forward lines - including Alfredsson's unit with Heatley and Spezza - to try and create a different look and more balanced attack.

Despite playing with new linemates - Mike Fisher and Peter Schaefer - Alfredsson capped off the 2006-07 season by scoring his club's final two goals. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to extend the Senators' playoff run as the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in five games. Murray was impressed with the effort from his captain nonetheless.

"Again, it seems like whatever line you put him on, he's the guy that gets points for you," Murray said moments after the club's final game of the season. "Tonight, it was the Fisher line. It was a line because Alfie was there.

"He had lots of raps over time, I think, and that happens when you don't win championships and you don't go far in the playoffs. But this guy, to me, has been the ultimate captain for our hockey team. He's a hard-working guy. A driving force, and I think tonight he showed it again. Short-handed, with guys draped over him, he gets to the net and makes it a 3-2 game at that moment. He gave us a chance to get back into the game."

Alfredsson says he enjoyed sharing the excitement of the 2007 playoffs with Hockey Country.

"Being a part of the whole experience and having the fans rally behind us, it makes you want to do it again. As players, we'll start working out in a couple of weeks again and those will be the images we bring to the gym."

Alfredsson will spend the bulk of the off-season visiting friends and family in Sweden with his wife, Bibi, and sons Hugo and Loui. He plans to leave for his homeland at the end of June and will stay there for about two months.

During that time, Alfredsson will be able to reflect on one of the most exciting seasons of his career.

"It's been a crazy year with the start we had, and the second half and the whole run up to the finals," Alfredsson says. "It made this is a special year."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06