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Ken Warren, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Sunday, December 24, 2006

PHILADELPHIA - As far as career milestones are concerned, Daniel Alfredsson's 700th NHL point couldn't have been much easier.

It came when Alfredsson clinched the Ottawa Senators' 6-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday by sliding a shot into the empty net with 25 seconds remaining.

"It's nice," Alfredsson said. "Obviously, those kinds of stats are good for when your kids hit 20 and you have something to brag about. It's something, especially when you win the game."

Alfredsson says the victory was pivotal as the Senators head into a two-day holiday break. The players will return to practice Tuesday afternoon, preparing for Wednesday's game against the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Place.

According to Alfredsson, a loss yesterday would have been "really tough" on the Senators.

"Bouncing back shows we have some character," he said.


It's easy to believe that NHL general managers are keeping a close eye on the concussion problems of Flyers captain Peter Forsberg.

If Forsberg can come back healthy, he could be one of the most attractive players as trade talks heat up in January and February. He has now missed three games since receiving a concussion when he was hit by Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin in a game on Dec. 16. Forsberg has played only 23 games this season, also suffering from an assortment of groin and foot injuries.

"Hopefully, when we get back from Christmas break it's going to be fine," Forsberg said on Friday. "I hope I can play in Florida (on Wednesday), but we'll see. It's hard to tell when you might get rid of the symptoms."

Depending on who's doing the counting, Forsberg has had six or seven previous concussions, the previous one coming while he was playing in Sweden during the NHL lockout season of 2004-05.

"Usually it clears up for me in a week or two, and this one was not that bad," Forsberg said. "I only had Bambi legs there for a second."

Another Flyers captain, Keith Primeau retired in mid-September because of concussion problems, and Eric Lindros's tenure in Philadelphia was marked by a string of concussions.


The past few weeks have not been great for Philadelphia sports fans.

The Flyers have lost nine NHL games in a row, while the 76ers, who traded superstar guard Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets last Tuesday, finally broke a 12-game losing streak by beating the Boston Celtics in an NBA contest on Friday.

There's still some hope, though, for the Eagles, who play the Dallas Cowboys in a crucial NFL matchup tomorrow.


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