Alfredsson injured

Ottawa Senators winger Daniel Alfredsson left late in the first period against Pittsburgh last night after absorbing a hit to his upper body.

The Penguins' Craig Adams hit Alfredsson while his head was down and he was fighting for the puck with a Penguin in the left-wing corner of the Pittsburgh zone. The hit caused Alfredsson's helmet to fly off, and he lay on the ice for a short period of time. Adams was not penalized on the play.

Alfredsson is Ottawa's captain. The Senators lost by a score of 8-2.

Costly mistake

Certain things can be forgiven in hockey. Helping to score a goal for the wrong team apparently isn't one of them.

The Dallas Stars sent defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy back to the Texas Stars of the AHL yesterday. The 21-year-old Russian was demoted two days after he gave a goal to San Jose when he lost control of the puck and it slid into an empty net.

Vishnevskiy recorded 17 minutes, 32 seconds of ice time vs. the Sharks in his second NHL game this season. He has four goals and nine assists in 33 games with Texas.

Family ties

Vancouver forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin always seem to know where the other is on the ice. Nashville's defenders couldn't say the same.

The Sedin brothers each had a goal and two assists in the final 24 minutes Tuesday night, leading the Canucks to a 4-1 victory over the Predators.

"Those two have some of the best chemistry in the league for a reason," Nashville goalie Dan Ellis said. "They share the same bloodlines, the same everything. They know exactly where each other are, and we did give them a little bit of time and space, especially low. We didn't collapse enough on them, and they were able to capitalize."

Noteworthy

New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin will be sidelined another month after undergoing an operation to help his broken left forearm heal. He broke the arm Oct. 24. . . . The injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings recalled defenseman Jakub Kindl,

a 22-year-old Czech native, from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins. . . . Colorado coach Joe Sacco said that defenseman Ruslan Salei will be sidelined indefinitely after recently undergoing back surgery. - Associated Press