While he could have played out what could very well be the last year of his career as an Ottawa Senator, Alfredsson, being the competitive person that he is, chose to sign with Detroit.
Alfredsson: "It pretty much came down to a selfish decision in terms of I have not won a Stanley Cup, a big priority for me."— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) July 5, 2013
Ottawa took it personally—as they should have—because of the context of Alfredsson's decision. When a team takes something personally, it usually ends up as bulletin-board material and goes a long way in the revenge process.
It goes without saying that when the Detroit Red Wings came out slow and sloppy Wednesday night, they did so at their own risk.
Ottawa racked up six goals against the Red Wings. They weren't just "lucky" goals or lucky plays, either. In fact, the Senators' 60-minute performance against Detroit showed that the Senators took Alfredsson's decision as a smack to the face.
The simple fact of the matter is that if this had been any other game, Ottawa might have eased off a bit in the early going. The Sens put up three goals in the first period, chasing Jimmy Howard after he made just five saves on eight shots.
But Ottawa was relentless, putting up another goal in the second period and two more in the third.
How's that for a "nice to see you" greeting to their former captain?
The Red Wings have three games left against the Senators this season, with two of them taking place in Ottawa.
It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Ottawa will be more than ready for their former captain to come to town and show that they are just as capable of being a Stanley Cup contender as the Red Wings.
If Detroit cannot get behind their newest Swede, then expect a lot more one-sided games in this series as long as Alfredsson remains a part of it.
It isn't just personal between these two teams anymore because it is long past that stage.
Hopefully this 6-1 beatdown serves as a wake-up call for the Red Wings.
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