The Senators added three returnees to the roster on Wednesday night ( Pascal Leclair, Chris Neil and Shean Donovan) and then deducted one big name, as captain Daniel Alfredsson was forced out of the game in the first period, after a hit by the Pittsburgh Penguin's Craig Adams left the captain laying on the ice for a short period of time.
The Adams hit, seems to have resulted in a shoulder injury for Alfredsson who is destined for a doctor's appointment and some x-rays over the next few days and no doubt with some convalescence to come past New Year's Day.
He'll be following Jason Spezza onto the Injured list, though Sens fans are certainly hoping that their captain isn't destined for the two month sabbatical that Spezza must now endure following his knee injury of last week.
The Sens not only lost a vital part of their roster, but they also surrendered two points as the Penguins hammered them on the score board as well by a score of 8-2. The Penguins were paced to their victory by Evgeni Malkin's fourth career hat trick.
The game marked the final match for both teams for the Christmas break, all NHL teams have the next 48 hours off to enjoy the holidays with their families, though in the case of Alfredsson, lifting those glasses of egg nog and shaking his presents will certainly prove to be a little difficult.
Ottawa Senators-- Alfredsson injured in 8-2 loss
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review-- Penguins pick up an easy win over Senators
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette-- Malkin, Fleury shine in rout