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Spezza getting back into form

Tuesday, 03.7.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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They're back. The Senators top line of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza are once again providing a pile of offence during the current five-game winning streak.

Jason Spezza is on a five-game point streak with three goals and two assists, and with his success, there have been positive results for his linemates, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley. In the same five-game period, Spezza's wingers have combined for a total of seven goals and 10 assists. Alfredsson has recorded one goal and four assists, and Heatley has scored three goals and assisted on four.

While the players were performing their off-ice workout this morning in Ocala, Fla., head coach Bryan Murray reflected on his top centreman's play of late.

"They're (first line) playing better," Murray said. "Certainly it has to do with everybody, but Jason is really back here. It looks like he's trying to do more energy-wise. I think he's skating back to a better level again."

In the five previous games before his current streak, Spezza had only three assists, which were all recorded in the Senators' 7-2 win over Pittsburgh on Feb. 2. Alfredsson, meanwhile, had three points (two goals, one assist) and Heatley two (one goal, one assist) in the same game. The trio was then kept off the scoresheet the next four games.

But Murray says Spezza is putting the finishing touches back into his game.

"There were several times last night (against Tampa Bay) the puck was turned over and he (Spezza) reached in, and grabbed it, and took a few strides to create a little space -- and then things happen."

Spezza has made things happen in his 47 games this season. The three-year veteran has scored 16 goals and 47 assists for 63 points. More importantly, he's converted those points at crucial times in games, recording four game-winning goals, six power-play goals and 20 power-play assists.

"That's a big part of what your centreman has to do for the line. We know Alfie is going to play a high energy all the time, and Dany's a big shooter," added Murray.

"Jason had a fall off for a while there, partly because of the (chest) injury, there's no question. But I see him back now, kind of fresh and ready to go."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02