OTTAWA – Wednesday night’s Rangers-Senators game has the possibility of chippiness after what happened the last time the teams met.
The Rangers blew a 4-1 lead and lost, 5-4, in a shootout on Oct. 29. But the Senators lost captain Daniel Alfredsson to a concussion after a third-period elbow to the head from Wojtek Wolski, who was assessed a two-minute minor but no further discipline by the league. Alfredsson skated with his teammates for the first time Tuesday.
Earlier in that game, Ottawa’s Zenon Konopka boarded the Rangers’ Artem Anisimov and was given a five-minute major and game misconduct. He, too, escaped further punishment from the league.
Anisimov was not hurt. Konopka has been outspoken ever since the game about what the Wolski hit cost the Senators.
“At the end of the day, the reality is, Daniel Alfredsson is not in the lineup,” Konopka said. “We don’t have our captain in the lineup and that’s killing us. Obviously, there was no retribution. There was no even-up call or whatever you wanted to call it. That’s a tough pill for us to swallow. We’re not happy in the dressing room. We’re not happy with the league and the Rangers or anyone else or Wolski. That’s the reality. You can sugarcoat it all you want and say the right things, but we’re not happy.”
Wolski, who is out a month after hernia surgery, was not on hand to defend himself. But Rangers coach John Tortorella said of Konopka’s comments, “I don’t give a --- what Zenon whatever-his-name-is said. We’re going to go about our business and try to play the right way.”
Alfredsson said he wasn’t as upset as his teammates about Wolski’s hit.
“It could have been avoided, maybe,” Alfredsson said. “I don’t think his intention was to hit me in the head, but I’m not upset, no.”
Notes & quotes: Mike Rupp had surgery to repair a torn meniscus and will be out 4-to-6 weeks . . . Newly acquired D Anton Stralman skated at the Rangers practice facility and is expected to join the team on the ice Wednesday night.