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Alfredsson back in lineup as Sens try to eliminate Rangers

The Sports Network
4/23/2012 3:26:39 PM
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(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will have Daniel Alfredsson back in the lineup tonight when they try to eliminate the top-seeded New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals at Scotiabank Place.

Alfredsson skated on the second line at practice on Monday and will play after he suffered a concussion in Game 2 of the series in New York.

Carl Hagelin, who was suspended for three games for hitting Alfredsson, will also return for Game 6 tonight.

In other roster news, Senators 2009 second-rounder Jakob Silfverberg will make his NHL debut tonight in place of fellow rookie Mark Stone. Stone registered an assist in Game 5 while playing alongside Jason Spezza.

The Rangers lost one of their own players to a concussion in Game 5, as Brian Boyle suffered a head injury after taking a big hit from Ottawa's Chris Neil. Boyle, who has three goals in this series, will not play tonight and Neil will not face a suspension for the hit.

Ottawa has taken the last two meetings to grab a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers, who entered this postseason as the top seed in the East for the first time since they won their last Stanley Cup title in 1994.

With a win tonight, the Senators can become the 11th No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 since the current playoff format began in 1994. The Los Angeles Kings became the 10th team to pull off that upset on Sunday when they eliminated the top- seeded Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

The Senators used a magnificent performance from goaltender


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