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Alfie sits out practice but will play Game 2

By Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

The Ottawa Senators took on the New York Rangers during the opening game of their playoff series at Madison Square Gardens in New York City Thursday April 12, 2012. Daniel Alfredsson during Thursday nights game against the Rangers. The Rangers defeated the Senators 4-2.    
(TONY CALDWELL/OTTAWA SUN FILE PHOTO)

The Ottawa Senators took on the New York Rangers during the opening game of their playoff series at Madison Square Gardens in New York City Thursday April 12, 2012. Daniel Alfredsson during Thursday nights game against the Rangers. The Rangers defeated the Senators 4-2. (TONY CALDWELL/OTTAWA SUN FILE PHOTO)

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NEW YORK -- Daniel Alfredsson wasn't on the ice Friday at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

But he could be back in a familiar spot in Game 2.

After scoring in the third period of the club's 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday, coach Paul MacLean is toying with the thought of playing Alfredsson with centre Jason Spezza and winger Milan Michalek Saturday night.

"Alfie's always plays good," said MacLean.

"We put that group together a lot of times during the game."

And, MacLean won't hesitate to do it again.

Alfredsson wasn't the only one missing from the skate. Winger Chris Neil and defenceman Erik Karlsson weren't on the ice either. All three are expected to play Saturday.

The Senators had a short video session and know the effort has to be better in Game 2 to get back in the series.

"The atmosphere met our expectations of how it was going to be. Now, I think we're more prepared going into Game 2," said Spezza.

"We didn't do anything any different than we would normally do the day after a game."

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @sungarrioch


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