With Game 5 set for Friday at Consol Energy Center, and the Senators reeling, Alfredsson was forced to be blunt when asked if his club could rebound.

"Probably not," Alfredsson said. "[Pittsburgh's] depth and our play right now … it doesn't look too good.

"When you look at what we did, it wasn't good enough. Does that mean [Pittsburgh] was good? Did we make them good? Who really cares? From our point of view, we didn't manage the puck [well], we didn't execute our passes, and subsequently, we got punished in the neutral zone. We turned way too many pucks over and gave them some freebies. It would have been nice to have the lead for a little bit longer, but now we're back on our heels again. We didn't shut them down when it matters."

The veteran forward was seen retrieving the puck at the end of the game, leaving some to speculate if Alfredsson considered Wednesday as his curtain call. Clearly not prepared to deal with retirement questions at the moment, Alfredsson insisted that the puck was a memento for his family.

"I've got a lot of kids at home," he said quickly.