Sens captain Alfredsson sees doctor after injuring shoulder against Pens

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators will wait until after the two-day Christmas break to provide an update on the severity of captain Daniel Alfredsson’s shoulder injury.

He injured his left shoulder in the first period of an 8-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Alfredsson met with a team doctor when he returned to Ottawa on Thursday. Head coach Cory Clouston will provide more details after the team’s pre-game practice Saturday in Buffalo, a team spokesman said.

Alfredsson, who had his arm in a sling after Wednesday’s game, said he expected to miss a few weeks of action.

Penguins right-winger Craig Adams hit Alfredsson while his head was down and he was battling for the puck with another player in the corner. The hit caused Alfredsson’s helmet to fly off and he was laid out on the ice for a short time.

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“I’m trying to reach for the puck – I don’t think I’ll ever get to it, but in the position I am in there, I’m pretty vulnerable . . . and he stepped into me,” Alfredsson said after the game.

Adams wasn’t penalized on the play. Clouston tersely declined comment when asked what he thought of the hit and whether it should have drawn a penalty.

Alfredsson leads the team in points (31) and assists (22).