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Daniel Alfredsson doesn't know what set off Game 6 tirade

Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators hope to tie up their first round playoff series against the Rangers on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/Blair Gable

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Daniel Alfredsson believes his outburst in Game 6 hurt the Ottawa Senators chances of eliminating the New York Rangers.

"It was bad," Alfredsson said Tuesday. "I'm definitely not proud of it and I think it's detrimental for the whole team."

The captain's return to the lineup after sitting out three games to a concussion was supposed to spark the Sens, but instead it became marked by an uncharacteristic outburst of emotion. Alfredsson was held off a power play early in the third period and took a hit from Rangers forward John Mitchell during his first shift back out, prompting him to return to the bench and smash his stick over the boards.

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"I had pretty good control of everything until I got hit (by Mitchell) and then I just lost it," said Alfredsson. "I can't explain it in any other way."

He later stomped on a water bottle and exchanged some words with coach Paul MacLean.

The two men sat down together at Scotiabank Place on Tuesday to discuss the incident, which MacLean called a "real good conversation." The coach understands why Alfredsson lost his cool.

"He's just coming back from an injury he had and I think that was part of the frustration — that he got hit in that vulnerable position again," said MacLean. "I think that kind of led to it."

The Rangers won the game 3-2 to force a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

Many of the Senators seemed amused by Alfredsson's outburst — and teammate Colin Greening's frightened-looking response to it — when they gathered together Tuesday. The team continues to play up the fact it is an underdog in the series and believes it is well-positioned to get one more victory in New York, where it has gone 4-1 this season.

"I think it's good for us, we've been better on the road," said Alfredsson. "We obviously know that they're going to come (out hard). I think that they played a more aggressive game than we did yesterday. I think we got up early and we were a little bit passive.

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"We're trying to protect that lead instead of being aggressive, as we've had success doing. That's going to be important for us going forward."

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