PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 10: Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 10, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
A 7-3 loss at home, and most of the attention over the next 24 to 48 hours will focus on the post-game reactions from captain Daniel Alfredsson and head coach Paul MacLean.
For those who donāt feel inclined to watch the video, Alfredsson was asked by a reporter whether the Senators could come back from a three games to one series deficit.
āProbably not. With their depth and power-play right now, it doesnāt look too good.ā
Thereās no question that Alfie is going to catch flak from the sect of the fan base or media-types that will see this as weakness or the sign of a poor leader. They will admonish the captain for not throwing out some clichĆ©d answer that describes the process of going balls to the wall, guns blazing, having to play the full 60 minutes and take it one game at a time while skating the whole 200ā and blah blah blah.
Alfie spoke the truth and I donāt see anything nothing wrong with that. Sure, maybe there is something to be said about the concerns for how this kind of quote could rub off on some of the teamās younger and more impressionable players, but the time for talk is over.
As a seven seed that is down three games to one, heās right when he says that itās going to be difficult to win three straight against the Eastern Conferenceās best team. That is the reality of the situation that the Senators are in.
It can be done. The Senators have come back from a 3-1 deficit to push the New Jersey Devils to the brink in the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals, but itās going to be tough and he recognizes that because heās been through it before.
Frankly, Alfie could give some Any Given Sunday-like speech a la Al Pacino, but it wonāt matter any if the team comes out in Pittsburgh on Friday and just rolls over.
All that we can expect as fans is for this team to put forth an honest effort and let the chips fall where they may. Thereās no shame in that, especially when Paul MacLean can rally the troops with this gemā¦
See you in Pittsburgh.