Daniel Alfredsson will be aiming to lead the Ottawa Senators to a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday. When the game is done, though, he will be anxious to see how his good friend Wade Redden made out in his 1,000th career NHL game.
Of course, it wasn’t going to be easy. While the Ottawa Senators kicked off their four-game homestand by knocking off the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, they needed to dive in front of pucks in the final seconds – and they received a lucky bounce or two — to preserve a victory which seemed to be well in hand when they led 4-1 in the second period.
There were still no answers about Jason Spezza’s status following Wednesday’s game – Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said he didn’t know whether the star centre would be joining the team on the trip to Carolina Thursday – but the 5-1 romp over the Montreal Canadiens did allow the team to breathe a little easier. At least for the time being.
TAMPA, Florida – As the clock ticked down on the the Tampa Bay Lightning’s wild and wacky 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators Friday, a much different type of game was playing out between the clubs’ American Hockey League affiliates.