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Red Wings best Senators in Alfredsson's return

Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Miller scored twice as Detroit took down Ottawa, 4-2, in Daniel Alfredsson's long-awaited return to his former hockey home.

Alfredsson was held off the scoreboard in his first game against the Sens, a 6-1 loss at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 23 then missed a 4-2 defeat eight days ago.

On Sunday, he picked up an assist and an empty-net goal in 16:33 of playing time in front of a sellout crowd in Canada's capital which gave him a standing ovation during a pre-game video tribute.

Johan Franzen also lit the lamp and Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves for the Red Wings, who have taken four in a row and five of their last six.

Clarke MacArthur and Mika Zibanejad lit the lamp for the Senators, who stumbled to their sixth loss in eight. Robin Lehner stopped 19 pucks in defeat.

Miller gave Detroit a 3-1 edge before two minutes elapsed in the third period. Darren Helm carried the puck up the right wing, and peeled back at the circle, dropping a pass for Brendan Smith, who chipped it across to Miller for an insurance marker.

Ottawa skated 6-on-5 for most of the final two minutes, and Zibanejad potted a rebound with 1:21 on the clock to bring the hosts within 3-2.

Alfredsson put the clincher into the open cage on a shot from center ice.

Lehner stoned Helm on a short-handed breakaway just after the midway point of the opening period. Ottawa came up empty on back-to-back power plays in the first and the Wings carried play for stretches of both.

Franzen snapped the scoreless deadlock with 8:22 played in the second, as he whipped a wrister home from the left circle over Lehner's glove side.

Miller put the Wings ahead by two just under three minutes later thanks to a low shot from the right circle. but MacArthur halved the hosts' deficit just over three minutes after that by following up a Milan Michalek shot and converting from the slot.

Game Notes

Franzen has scored nine goals in eight career games against Ottawa ... Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall contributed two assists to the victory ... Senators owner Eugene Melnyk strongly hinted in a pregame interview, that Alfredsson's No. 11 will be retired in the future ... The 40-year-old Swede holds the franchise record for games played, goals, assists, points and game- winning scores ... With his late goal, Alfredsson has tallied against all 30 current NHL clubs.

12/01 22:34:12 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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