|VAN||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
|OTT||2||0||1||(0 - 0)||3|
Spezza scored his ninth goal in his last eight games and Ottawa extended its team-record winning streak to 11 with a 3-1 victory over the Canucks on Thursday night.
Elliott made 29 saves to break his own team record with his ninth straight win. He lost a shutout bid when Kyle Wellwood scored a power-play goal with 1:39 left.
"Ells has been phenomenal," said Spezza, who extended his official goal streak to six games, tying Dany Heatley's team record. "There's not enough we can say about how well he's played. He just keeps it going and it seems like every night he seems better and better, so it's going well for us."
Spezza, who scored twice against the Sabres, has scored in every game since he returned from a knee injury. He also scored in each of his two games prior to his injury, though that is not officially considered part of his current streak.
"I'm not too worried. I'm just trying to keep scoring," Spezza said. "I'm feeling good about my game right now and just trying to get pucks on net. I can't really worry about what they consider a streak and what they don't - I consider it a streak, in my mind."
Chris Kelly scored into an empty net with 40.5 seconds remaining.
Vancouver, playing the third game of its 14-game trip, lost its second in a row following a seven-game winning streak.
Andrew Raycroft, who recorded his 100th career loss, made 18 saves in his first start in two months. Raycroft had made two relief appearances - including his 99th career win in the Canucks' 5-3 come-from-behind win in Toronto on Saturday night - since allowing four goals in a 5-3 loss at Carolina on Dec. 5.
The Canucks fell to 1-2 on the eight-game first leg of their record road trip while GM Place is being prepared for the Winter Olympics. Vancouver, which plays six straight on the road following the games, does not play at home again until they host the Senators on Mar. 13.
Michalek opened the scoring with a power-play goal 1:34 into the opening period. Alfredsson faked a shot before dishing off to Alex Kovalev, who held the puck before feeding a pass to the slot which Michalek redirected past Raycroft for his 19th of the season.
Ottawa had several more scoring chances throughout the first before Spezza made it a two-goal lead late in the opening period.
Linemates Alfredsson and Michalek drew assists as Spezza drove to the net and slid a shot past Raycroft for his 12th goal.
"We missed two open nets off rebounds," Alfredsson said. "You can't worry about it, but sometimes it does come back and haunt you later in games but Spezza's goal was really big to give us that two-goal cushion and it allowed us to play a little bit more - I won't say defensive - but smarter. We didn't have to force as much or take charge. We let them come and created our chances from turnovers."
Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson left the game late in the second period. He suffered an upper-body injury and did not return.
NOTES: Luongo had made 26 straight starts. He went 17-6-2 over that span ... Elliott won eight in a row last season ... Heatley had three six-game goal streaks with Ottawa ... The Senators next see action on Saturday, facing the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre in Toronto (7 p.m., CBC, Team 1200).
|PPG - Milan Michalek (19) Tip-in - ASST: Alex Kovalev (26), Daniel Alfredsson (29)|
1 - 0 OTT
|Jason Spezza (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Michalek (8), Daniel Alfredsson (30)|
2 - 0 OTT
|PPG - Kyle Wellwood (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mason Raymond (21), Pavol Demitra (3)|
2 - 1 OTT
|EN - Chris Kelly (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (31), Mike Fisher (24)|
3 - 1 OTT
|Mikael Samuelsson Hi-sticking against Alex Kovalev|
|Chris Kelly Tripping against Aaron Rome|
|Matt Carkner Fighting (maj) against Tanner Glass|
|Tanner Glass Fighting (maj) against Matt Carkner|
|Chris Neil Fighting (maj) against Rick Rypien|
|Rick Rypien Fighting (maj) against Chris Neil|
|Alexandre Burrows Tripping against Anton Volchenkov|
|Daniel Sedin Tripping against Jason Spezza|
|Matt Carkner Holding against Ryan Kesler|
|Anton Volchenkov Slashing against Ryan Kesler|
|SA: 20||TOI: 59:00|
|Saves: 18||EV: 17 - 18|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .900||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 30||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 29||EV: 22 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 7|
|SV%: .967||SH: 1 - 1|