Once again, Daniel Alfredsson performed with incredible passion, like a man who may never do so again. Afterward, he even admitted it could have been his swan song. Moments following Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Czechs in Stockholm that knocked he and his Swedish teammates out of the world championship, the Senators captain was described as being "distraught" as he told local media that "this might have been my last hockey game." Alfredsson will now return to Ottawa and make the much-anticipated decision of whether to retire or play a 17th NHL season. Despite his comment in the aftermath of an emotional game, it's unlikely he has made a final determination. As he did in Game 7 of last month's Senators-Rangers first-round playoff series, Alfredsson had plenty of jump and enthusiasm and was one of the best players on the ice in the quarter-final match at Globe Arena, about 400 km from where he grew up in Gothenburg. But with a dash of irony and 29 seconds left in regulation time, Milan Michalek, the Senators' top sniper with 35 goals during the regular season, scored on a spectacular effort to seal the Swedes' fate. If Alfredsson does calls it quits, he can do so knowing he remains at the top of his game. Late in the first period, with Sweden holding a 1-0 lead, he burst down the wing and made his patented toe-drag before firing a low shot that was brilliantly kicked out by Czech goalie Jakub Kovar. The save was later declared the "TSN-turning point" as the Czechs stormed back to steal momentum and take a 2-1 lead before the first period was over. "Don't tell me you want to retire after that, Daniel Alfredsson," TSN broadcaster Rod Black screeched after the scoring chance. "Man, what a move!"
Alfie's last stand?
Ottawa Sun | May 18