Ottawa Senators captain, Daniel Alfredsson, has apologised to his teammates for his outburst during the Senators’ 3-2 defeat to the New York Rangers, on Monday.
The captain returned to the line-up after missing three games in the series with concussion, and was expected to inspire his side to the victory that would have seen them qualify for the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
However, the match did not go to plan for the Swede. After being held out of a power play, he took a hit from Rangers forward, John Mitchell, and was almost immediately returned to the bench. He then let his emotions get the better of him, smashing his stick over the boards, stamping on a water bottle, and then exchanging a series of frank words with coach, Paul MacLean.
The usually passive Alfredsson has apologised for his actions. He says his outburst was probably detrimental to his team’s performance. ”It was bad,” Alfredsson said, on Tuesday. ”I’m definitely not proud of it, and I think it’s detrimental for the whole team. I had pretty good control of everything until I got hit (by Mitchell), and then I just lost it. I can’t explain it in any other way”, he added. Following the match, Alfredsson and MacLean met to discuss the incident, with the coach describing their talks as a “real good conversation”.
The 54-year-old says he understands his skipper’s frustration, and believes that it was partly down to him trying to prove himself, after coming back from his concussion. ”He’s just coming back from an injury he had, and I think that was part of the frustration, that he got hit in that vulnerable position again”, MacLean said. ”I think that kind of led to it.”
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