Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson tried to offer some clarity on Thursday regarding the comments he made after his club's 7-3 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
After the game on Wednesday, a dejected Alfredsson was asked if the team could win three in a row to rally and take the series.
"Probably not," he said. "Their depth and power play right now, it doesn't look too good (for us)."
When asked about the comments again, the 16-year NHL veteran suggested that his comments were misunderstood.
"There's no denying we're in tough," he told reporters. "Was it taken out of context? Probably, but that's fine. I can handle that."
Wednesday's loss marked the third time in franchise history the Senators have allowed seven goals in a playoff game and head coach Paul MacLean held firm on his own post-game comments that his club was, "coming to play," in Game 5.
"It's behind us and over and we're going to Pittsburgh to play," he reiterated on Thursday.
MacLean added that there are lineup changes being considered for Game 5, but nothing would be finalized until game day. He did, however, say that Craig Anderson - who was lit up for six goals before being pulled in favour of Robin Lehner - would get the start.
"Our goaltender allows us to play with a certain amount of freedom," said MacLean. "But at the same time, we have to play for him, too."
One issue for the Senators has been their second period problems, as the team has been outscored 13-4 in the middle stanza during the postseason. "They have been able to start periods better than we have," MacLean said flatly. "We need to come out harder."