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Alfredsson says postgame comments ‘probably’ taken out of context

May 23, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

After receiving plenty of attention for comments made following a 7-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson cleared the air.

Alfredsson — who said “probably not” when a reporter asked if Ottawa could come back from a 3-1 series deficit — tried to explain where he was coming from on Thursday.

“There’s no denying we’re in tough,” he told’s Arpon Basu. “Was it taken out of context? Probably, but that’s fine. I can handle that.”

Speaking of context, here’s how Alfie’s Game 4 comments unfolded:

The controversial quotes, obviously, are the “probably not,” followed by “[Pittsburgh’s] depth and our play right now … it doesn’t look too good.”

As for how Alfredsson’s words will affect the club, well — that remains to be seen.

The Sens were all over the place with their postgame remarks last night, confirming the theory that, in terms of sending messages, all the important stuff is probably said behind closed doors.

To wit, head coach Paul MacLean spent exactly 13 seconds addressing the media, during which he held up the scoresheet and said his club would be ready to play in Pittsburgh for Game 5.

As for the Penguins, they seem to be taking Ottawa’s public comments with a grain of salt. James Neal said he heard Alfredsson’s comments, and replied “I don’t think they’re going to roll over.”

Matt Cooke had an ever stronger message.

“Ottawa’s a team that has no quit,” he said.

  1. micklethepickle - May 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    … Cooke continued, “And that’s why I’ve been staying up all night sharpening my skates, and practicing throwing elbows.”

    • JoeAvg - May 23, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      It’s a good thing your pickle never gets tickled or else you wouldn’t have time to make a fool of yourself in public like this.

      • micklethepickle - May 23, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Isn’t it interesting how when Bertuzzi sucker punched Moore, nobody, even Canucks fans, said it was a solid play. And that was ONE incident. Cooke’s tried to end the careers of other players at least a half-dozen times, and Pens fans are still lining up to blow him day in and day out.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      PIM’s this postseason:

      Cooke 16
      Neil 35
      Z. Smith 31
      Conacher 31
      Cowen 21
      Phillips 21
      Gryba 17
      Kassian 17

      If Cooke is as dirty as you are implying, what are these guys?

      • micklethepickle - May 23, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        Surely you aren’t counting on the zebras to enforce the rules? Remember, when Cooke nearly killed Savard (at the very least disabled him for life), there was no penalty called. Come up with a better argument, Cooke is a disgrace to every athlete.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Cooke is watched like a HAWK by the refs. I’ve seen Neil intentionally try to hurt other (‘real’) athletes with every single shift he takes. Cooke isn’t a disgrace to any of those athletes I listed there.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Also, you do know that Savard returned from the Cooke hit, right? I see so many idiots on here that believe everything they read that it’s hard to tell who knows the truth. It was Hunwick that ended Savard’s career.

      • miketoasty - May 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        mickle – What would you have liked them to call? At that time there was no rule against headshots. Nothing to call. Not saying that it was a good hit but the refs can’t give someone two minutes because someone got injured.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Yes that, and he returned from the Cooke hit. The league even looked specifically at the hit and determined there’d be no suspension. Good play? Noooo….but a legal one at the time. Hockey’s come a long way, as frustrating as it is some times, but Cooke has come a long way as well.

  2. FoozieGrooler - May 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    “Can you beat these guys?”
    “Probably not…”

    Uhm, not much there to take out of context.
    Sometimes the truth just slips out…

  3. malkinrulez - May 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Those ripping Cooke haven’t been watching him play the last 2 years.

  4. sjsharks66 - May 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Players change their ways and Matt Cooke has done it. His past will always haunt him and the fans. That does not change the fact that he has improved his game.

    • micklethepickle - May 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      I’m certain you have the same opinion of repeat offenders in all areas of life. And I don’t see any Pens fans here that are ‘haunted’ by all the times Cooke tried to take away other players’ ability to be in the NHL. He needs to be out of the league. I can’t think of a player that has his history and isn’t blackballed. Hopefully karma catches him soon.

      • miketoasty - May 23, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        How easy we forget that Savard came back early, got another concussion, then came back early again and once again got another concussion which ultimately ended his career. Oh but I guess it’s just easier to blame Cooke? What a joke of a comment.

        Who else’s career has Cooke “ended” or almost ended? Would love to hear.

      • micklethepickle - May 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      • miketoasty - May 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        Watched every single video (Posted on the Bruins broadcast page, shocker) most of which were just sketchy calls, most not even penalty’s at all, but hey, let’s get a video showing all of Ovechkin’s “Dirty” hits and throw him out of the league too right?

      • miketoasty - May 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Jesus, how is Ovechkin still in the league, hope karma catches up with him!

        See how easy that is?

      • sportsfreak13 - May 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

  5. President Charles Logan - May 23, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Ottawa fans are such a bitter hostile group… epic failure ever since their inception in the league in what was it 91-92? … oh wait the same year the Pens won one of their 3 Cups

  6. malkinrulez - May 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comparing an intentional criminal act to a reckless act in sports is laughable. Keep hatin’ on Cooke . I like the player he has become

  7. malkinrulez - May 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Great history lesson. Changes nothing

  8. reasonableperson1 - May 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Don’t feed the bitter troll. Heck, he should be happy, in all reality the series should be over by now.

    The only talk about Cooke should be his excellent penalty kill setup to Dupuis that iced the game. Cooke’s reputation will always follow him but that doesn’t mean he has been a different player these last two years.

    Too bad fans can’t just stick to hockey and have to cry about refs or the other team’s “dirty players.”

    • micklethepickle - May 23, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      Well, then let’s hope that Crosby gets his melon smashed into the boards, and spends the rest of his life unable to walk, having to sit in dark rooms, dealing with painful debilitating headaches, barely able to see, and lives a miserable existence (by the way, I do NOT wish that on him at all) – do you see how ridiculous it sounds to excuse that kind of behavior when it’s someone that YOU root for, Pens fans?

      If that were to happen to not just Crosby, but Malkin and Neal, too, and it was done by the same player, would you say “just stick to hockey and stop crying about dirty players!” Unlikely, based on your whining last year during the Flyers’ beatdown. For god’s sake, this isn’t about liking or disliking a team – if Cooke signed with the Capitals next week, I’d stop being a Caps fan. This is about having some basic respect for human life and dignity. You people are really disgusting.

      • theageofquarrel - May 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        It’s funny when Craps fans get all whiny. Your team sucks so hard and you have to watch it. Sucks to be you.

      • theageofquarrel - May 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Oh yeah. Did you miss the part where Cooke DID play for the Craps? But I am sure you weren’t a fan then.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

        Wasn’t Cooke once a Cap? Or did you only become a fan once he left?

      • micklethepickle - May 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        Nope, I was an Avs fan when I lived in New Mexico. Started rooting for the Caps when my dad took me to a game in 08. And for damn sure I’d start rooting for another team if the Caps brought him back – I admit though, never knew that d-bag played for DC. Ugh. I need a shower after learning that.

  9. malkinrulez - May 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    reasonableperson1 well said ! I got sucked in to the pickle vortex

  10. letsgopens8771 - May 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    We all know that Ottawa is going to lose the series, but a defeatist attitude is not something you want from your captain. period.

  11. jaybaileys - May 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Too bad Alfredsson didn’t say the rest of the sentence. Can you beat Pittsburgh? Probably not…. I mean Gonchar is doing his best traffic cone impersonation out there. What was he doing on the Dupuis goal really? Reminded me of Game 7 against Montreal a few years back.

  12. billsboy88 - May 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I seem to recall in the Winter Classic @Heinz field someone on the Caps going well out of his way to blindside Crosby behind the play, leading to a concussion. The Caps called it “incidental contact” but it was pretty obvious what really happened. Sid then came back to early, took a hard check in a game against the Lightning and was gone the rest of the season.

    I don’t remember hearing about anyone in Pittsburgh crying for a lifetime suspension or launching a forensic investigation into the matter….

    Cooke plays with attitude. It’s his job to make the other team hate him, because as soon as they start thinking about him, it means they stopped thinking about Geno, Sid, Iginla, etc…..I do see why people dislike him, but I can’t help but kinda like him.

  13. sombostevo - May 23, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Taken out of context??? “Do you find it feasible to beat these guys 3 games in a row?” “Probably not.” What’s taken out of context there?

  14. colossal87 - May 23, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    This pickle fool thinks someone cares about his opinion or where he lived. Everyplayer for The Franchise is untouchable and immune to any criticism from lame hiv infected polesmokers. RESPECT THE FRANCHISE AND GROW A PAIR!

  15. benrob99 - May 24, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Tried to end a half dozen careers!!! Whatever. Just think Ottawa in 24 hours the only thing you’ll have “investigate forensic evidence” is why Canadian teams have become irrelevant in today’s NHL.

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