Senators lose Alfredsson, win game

It looked like the Senators were done, probably should have been done.

Senators lose Alfredsson, win game
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, New York — It looked as if the Ottawa Senators were done, and they probably should have been done.

A second-period boarding major to Zenon Konopka, hotly disputed by the Senators, led to two power-play goals for the New York Rangers.

A giveaway early in the third by Jared Cowen led to a goal by Marian Gaborik and a 3-1 Rangers lead.

Another third-period giveway led to Brad Richards’ second goal of the game and a 4-1 lead. It should have been lights out.

However, making their third comeback in a week, the Senators surged with three unanswered goals in the third period — two by Jason Spezza and one by Milan Michalek — to tie the game, and then Michalek scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Senators a 5-4 victory.

It might have come with a cost, though.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson left the game after an illegal check to the head by the Rangers’ Wojtek Wolski at 12:09 of the third period. Ottawa head coach Paul MacLean said after the game that there was no update on Alfredsson and that he would be evaluated at home.

Chris Neil scored Ottawa’s other goal on Saturday.

Richards also had an assist for the Rangers, while Ryan Callahan scored the other goal.

“It’s another great comeback win for us,” Spezza said.

“We’re making it kind of regular. We’re not making it easy on ourselves. But we’re finding a way to get wins and it shows great character on our team right now.”

MacLean said engineering a comeback at home was one thing for a National Hockey League team. Doing it on the road was another thing.

“We’re learning to handle adversity,” MacLean said.

“Sometimes in a game we do it well, sometimes we don’t do it well. A big part of building our foundation is playing and playing hard for 60 minutes, and we’ve been getting rewarded for doing that for the last few games.”

The Senators (6-5-0) dominated the first period and were rewarded at 13:12 on the goal by Neil. Filip Kuba’s shot caught Callahan’s stick and then Neil’s skate before beating Henrik Lundqvist low on the glove side.

The second period turned when Konopka bumped Artem Anisimov into the boards and was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct. He can also expect to be sitting out some more once NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan takes a look at the video replay.

The Rangers (3-3-3) scored twice during the five-minute major.

“We knew we had to create some momentum somehow,” Callahan said.

“There’s nothing better than a five-minute power play to do that, and then we were able to keep it going.”

The problem, according to Richards, was that the Rangers didn’t keep it going.

“We started sitting back and (the Senators) got momentum,” he said. “We never got our feet under us again, and we didn’t pressure them like we were doing earlier in the game.

“The league is just too good. You can’t stop playing. You have to control pucks. You don’t have to make it 8-1, but you have to play your game like you’re trying to score and do stuff offensively, and we stopped doing that.”

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WHY THE SENATORS WON: Even down 4-1, they didnt quit and got another big night from Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.

STUD: Jason Spezza: Keyed Ottawas comeback with two third-period goals, his 6th and 7th of the season.

DUD: Henrik Lundqvist: His teammates staked him to a 4-1 lead. In the NHL, that usually means its a done deal.

MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH: For about five minutes, it looked as if Kaspars Daugavins had his first NHL point when he got an assist on a goal that looked as if it was scored by Filip Kuba. But when the replay showed the goal went off Neils skate, Daugavins got bumped off the score sheet.

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