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Alfredsson might play Monday

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--Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson might play in Game 6 against the New York Rangers on Monday unless he has a setback in the meantime.

Alfredsson has not played in a game since sustaining a concussion since Game 2. But he participated in an optional practice on Sunday afternoon, the day after Ottawa won Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"I feel good," Alfredsson told reporters Sunday. "It's nice to be back on the ice -- I skated a bit on my own on (Saturday) as well. Today's another step and it's been a good couple of days. I'm hopeful. We're obviously going to wait until (Monday) but the way the last two days felt, I'm encouraged. So unless something changes, that's it."

Alfredsson, a right winger, has one goal in the series, and he had 27 goals and 32 assists during the season.

--RW Mark Stone made his NHL debut, and had a large impact on one of his first shifts. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound teenager sent Jason Spezza in with a neat pass for the game's first goal. Stone, who had 41 goals and 82 assists for 123 points in 66 games for the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings this season, was also credited with a blocked shot in his 8:43 of ice time. "It was pretty nice to get that assist, my first game in the NHL," said Stone. "It really means a lot to me."

--RW Chris Neil was accused by Rangers coach John Tortorella of making a Raffi Torres-type hit on Brian Boyle that knocked the big center out with what the team later called a concussion. Tortorella should change his mind when he looks at the incident a couple of times on replay, for there's a big difference between it and the one that on Saturday resulted in the NHL suspending Torres for 25 games. "He cuts to the middle with his head down," said Neil. "I'm a physical player out there. It was a clean hit."

--W Jakob Silfverberg is scheduled to arrive in Ottawa Sunday. The Senators will consider using their top prospect, the MVP of the Swedish Elite League this season, in Game 6.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I feel like I've been working hard and it's nice to get rewarded. But this is the time of year the most important things are wins." -- C Jason Spezza, after scoring his first two goals of the playoffs in Saturday's 2-0 win over the New York Rangers.

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