Daniel Alfredsson’s top 10 hockey highlights

Daniel Alfredsson has many career highlights. Allen Panzeri presents the top 10.

Daniel Alfredsson’s top 10 hockey highlights
The Ottawa Senators and the Buffalo Sabres meet for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at the HSBC Arena. Daniel Alfredsson begins to celebrate behind Brian Campbell as the puck gets past Ryan Miller to win the Eastern Conference in overtime. (Wayne Cuddington, Ottawa Citizen)

1. May 19, 2007: In overtime, Alfredsson scores the game- and series-winning goal against the Buffalo Sabres to send the Senators to the Stanley Cup final for the first and only time. The goal deflected in off defenceman Brian Campbell, and many U.S. fans didn’t see it because NBC switched to coverage of the Preakness when the game went into overtime. But it was sweet vindication for Alfredsson, who was on the ice the year before when Sabre forward Jason Pominville wheeled around him and scored a shorthanded goal to eliminate the Senators in five games

2. Oct 22, 2010: Alfredsson scores his 1,000th point. Against the Sabres, Alfredsson put his third goal of the night into an empty net, becoming the 78th player to score 1,000 points and only the 16th to do it with one franchise.

3. December 30, 2011: In overtime, Alfredsson scores his 400th goal to beat the Calgary Flames 4-3. While on a power play, Alfredsson took a pass from Erik Karlsson and fired a one-timer past Calgary goaltender Leland Irving at 3:31 of overtime. ”I don’t think you could dream about a better way to do it,” Alfredsson said. ”In overtime, playing at home and to be able to share that with teammates that you fight with every day, and also my family that’s here and the fans, it’s special.”

4. April 6, 2010: In a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers, Alfredsson becomes the 264th player to play 1,000 games and only the 23rd to do it with one franchise. The only drawback was that the game was played in Sunrise, Florida. Ottawa fans would have to wait four days, until the final game of the regular season against the Buffalo Sabres, to salute his accomplishment.

5. January 24, 2008: Alfredsson scores three goals and four assists to set an all-time team record for points in a game. The 2007-08 season was hardly a memorable one for the Senators, who were eliminated from the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games. But Alfredsson provided one highlight in an 8-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Of his three goals, one came at even strength, one came on powerplay, and one came with the team short-handed.

6. April 17, 1997: Alfredsson scores the first playoff goal in the franchise’s modern history. Unluckily, that goal was the only one the Senators could score as the Sabres won 3-1 and took a 1-0 series lead.

7. The 100-point season of 2005-06. Alfredsson set career highs in goals (43), assists (60), and points (103), tying Dany Heatley for the team scoring lead as the two of them became the first Ottawa players to score 100 points in a season.

8. October 5, 2005: Alfredsson scores the NHL’s first-ever shootout goal. In Ottawa’s first game of the 2005-06 season, after a season-long lockout, Alfredsson scored twice to send the game to a shootout, and then, as the first shooter, scored the NHL’s first-ever shootout goal. It wouldn’t stand as the winner, though. The Maple Leafs would score twice and the Senators would need shootout goals from Martin Havlat and Dany Heatley, who was credited with the game winner, to win 3-2. The sticks of Alfredsson and Heatley went to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

9. January 9-16, 2007: Alfredsson scores the game-winning goal in four consecutive games. In scoring to beat the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, and Washington Capitals, Alfredsson became just the second player to score four consecutive game winners since Montreal’s Newsy Lalonde scored five straight in 1921.

10. April 28, 1998: Alfredsson scores his first, and the team’s first, playoff hat trick. In a 4-3 win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 4 of the series, the Senators would need every one of Alfredsson’s goals. He would also score a hat trick in the next round against Washington (a 4-3 win in Game 3) but the Capitals would eliminate the Senators in five games.

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