Alfredsson no faker 0
Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson is helped off the ice after a hit to the head from Rangers forward Carl Hagelin during Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., April 14, 2012. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)
Daniel Alfredsson wasn't faking.
The Senators captain confirmed Monday that he suffered a concussion Saturday after an elbow to the head from Rangers winger Carl Hagelin forced him to leave midway through the second period of Game 2 and knocked him out of the lineup for Game 3 at Scotiabank Place.
Because Alfredsson was on the ice at the pre-game skate Monday, there was a thought among the Rangers' faithful the Senators milked the injury so Hagelin would get the book thrown at him by NHL VP Brendan Shanahan.
That wasn't the case.
"(Sunday) was better than (Saturday) night. I went for a bike ride and felt pretty good," said Alfredsson after taking a 17-minute skate with his teammates at the morning skate. "I was active at home with the kids. I felt pretty good (Monday) morning. I will see how I feel after."
Alfredsson didn't feel good enough.
Alfredsson passed the baseline test required by the NHL after a player suffers a concussion, but he wasn't right.
There was outrage on Broadway because many felt Matt Carkner should have gotten more for pounding out Brian Boyle than the one-game suspension that Shanahan handed down.
Shanahan, speaking on WFAN in New York, said the Hagelin and Carkner incidents were completely different.
"The biggest difference between the two plays is there's the head injury and concussion on one and there's no injury on the other," Shanahan told the station.
Shanahan said Hagelin's hit was intentional.
"I do think Carl Hagelin's a good kid," said Shanahan. "He looks right at Daniel Alfredsson, skates at him and elbows him right in the head. And Alfredsson has to leave a big game, an important game, and has a concussion and doesn't come back."
Alfredsson said Hagelin deserved the suspension.
"It''s hard," said Alfredsson. "Carl is not that kind of player, but with the intensity and everything that goes on in a playoff game, he gets an elbow up where I think that maybe, normally, he wouldn't have if it's not a playoff game ... I'm not a guy that's going to hold a grudge. Things happen, it's playoff hockey and if it needs to be disciplined, the league will take care of that and move on."
Alfredsson, who suffered a concussion and missed five games earlier this season, said when he got to the dressing room Saturday he wasn't right.
"Anytime - especially playoffs - when you get injured, you go to the locker room and see how you feel and go from there," Alfredsson said. "You want to make absolutely sure that if I go (back) out (on the ice), you want to be able to help the team, and I couldn't."
Shanahan said he spoke with the Ottawa medical staff to see what the extent of Alfredsson's injury was before making his ruling.
"Usually when I deal with an injury report from a team doctor, most of these guys say what Ottawa said to me was this could be one day, it could be one year. You just don't know," Shanahan said.
"We've had that situation happen before where we thought something was one day and it ends up being one month. We've had situations where a guy thought he was really bad and ends up feeling good. I don't pretend to be a doctor. It's very clear, at the very least, he's not faking. Otherwise, he would have come back and played on the power play in the last game and played the rest of an important game.
"Whether he's back (Monday) or whether he's back later in the week, we just don't know. I made the call, at the very least, knowing that whether it's serious or not serious - we just don't know with head injuries - there was an injury."
And the Senators aren't sure when they might see Alfredsson again.