Senators captain Alfredsson forced out because of injury
Alfredsson, Ottawa's leading scorer with 29 goals and 60 points, took one shift in the middle period before leaving the game. A Senators spokesman said the forward wouldn't return.
Alfredsson, who missed five games because of a hip injury last season, is the third member of Ottawa's top line of All-Star forwards to leave a game this week due to an injury.
Two-time 50-goal scorer Dany Heatley will miss next weekend's All-Star festivities in Atlanta because of a separated shoulder, an injury expected to keep him out for six weeks. Heatley was hurt in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Detroit and was replaced on the Eastern Conference All-Star team by Boston's Marc Savard.
High-scoring center Jason Spezza left Sunday's 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders for precautionary reasons after he was flattened by defenseman Freddy Meyer's open-ice hit. Spezza returned to the lineup for Tuesday's 4-2 loss in Washington.
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