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11-15-2010, 06:55 PM
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Following tonight's game against the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Senators will return to Ottawa instead of carrying on to Raleigh, N.C., for the next stop on their four-game road trip. That flight is being delayed until Wednesday, so the Senators can attend the Celebration of Life service that morning at Scotiabank Place for Daron Richardson, the 14-year-old daughter of assistant coach Luke Richardson, who died tragically on the weekend.

"To a man, (we thought) it was the right thing to do," captain Daniel Alfredsson said of the team's decision to return home to show their support for the Richardson family. "We want to be there for their family and help them out in any way we can. As far as the road trip goes, we'll just take it as it comes.

"This is an issue that's more important than the game and I'm sure we'll find enough energy to play that night and I think it might even be a good thing for the team."

The Senators had to obtain National Hockey League permission to travel to Raleigh on the day of the game against the Hurricanes, but that has already been granted. There were certainly no doubts about it in the team's dressing room.

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