The Ottawa Senators were looking to score a comeback win against the Detroit Red Wings.
But their former captain of 17 seasons had other ideas.
Daniel Alfredsson, who left the Senators in the offseason for the Red Wings, put a dagger in the Senators' comeback attempt with 1:03 left in the third as he scored an empty net goal in his return to Canadian Tire Centre.
The goal was Alfredsson's seventh of the season.
"It was nice kind of to seal the game there because they were pushing," said Alfredsson.
The 40-year old Swede received a nice welcome from the Senators and their fans, as a sellout crowd gave him a standing ovation while a video tribute played on the jumbo tron.
"[I]t's hard to describe," Alfredsson said of the tribute and the fans. "How do you feel you deserve to be cheered on like that after all you do is play hockey? It's kind of surreal at times to have that feeling, but it's a mutual feeling. I feel I definitely respect this city, this team as well, and I thought once the puck dropped the crowd also did the right thing and cheered on their team."
After a scoreless first period, where Ottawa's Robin Lehner and Detroit's Jonas Gustavsson each stopped ten shots, the Wings got on the board courtesy of Johan Franzen's seventh goal of the season. Franzen took a pass from Jakub Kindl and snapped a shot past Lehner at 8:22 of the second.
Alfredsson picked up the other assist on the goal.
Drew Miller tallied his third goal of the season at 11:13 after he took a feed from Tomas Tatar and beat Lehner with a snap shot.
Clarke MacArthur got the Sens on the board at 14:14 after he cleaned up a rebound and beat Gustavsson.
Miller scored again 1:58 into the third after getting a pass from Brendan Smith off of a give-and-go and found a wide open net after Lehner tried to play Smith.
Mika Zibanejad cut the margin to 3-2 with 1:21 left before Alfredsson put the game out of reach.
Gustavsson picked up his seventh win of the season, as he stopped 30 shots.
NOTES: Miller last scored two goals in a game on December 17, 2011 in an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings…Alfredsson has scored three goals in his last two games…Niklas Kronwall was named the NHL's second star of the week after recording six points in three games.
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