OTTAWA (WFAN/AP) — Daniel Alfredsson has confirmed he sustained a concussion in Game 2 of Ottawa’s playoff series with New York when Rangers forward Carl Hagelin elbowed him in the head.
However, the Senators captain participated in Monday’s morning skate and said he’s a game-time decision for Game 3.
“I felt good this morning, the next step was to skate,” Alfredsson said. “Every situation is different. You take it as it comes. You can’t force something like this. I find if I go with the flow, relax, the less stress you put on yourself, the more you help yourself.”
Alfredsson missed more than half of Ottawa’s series-tying victory Saturday following the hit from Hagelin. On Sunday, Hagelin was suspended three games by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
The Rangers, though “perplexed” by the decision, announced they had no plans to fight Hagelin’s ban.
Blueshirts fans were livid that Senators enforcer Matt Carkner was dealt a mere one-game suspension for starting Saturday’s one-sided fight against Brian Boyle. Not to mention Nashville defenseman Shea Weber received only a $2,500 fine for crunching the head of Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg into the glass in Game 1 of Predators-Red Wings.
“The biggest difference between the two plays is there’s the head injury and concussion on one,” Shanahan told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton on Monday, “and there’s no injury on the other.”
Alfredsson said he accepted an apology from Hagelin after the incident. Hagelin also is Swedish and has said Alfredsson was one of his favorite players while growing up.
Rangers coach John Tortorella wasn’t willing to discuss Alfredsson.
“I’m not going to answer questions about the other team,” he said.
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