NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Detroit
(Tuesday, December 12th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza scored two goals and extended his point streak to 10 games while Ray Emery made 43 saves, as the Ottawa Senators put the brakes on a three-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
Chris Neil added a goal for the Senators, who will continue their four-game road trip in Nashville on Thursday. Spezza now has eight goals and seven assists in his last 10 contests.
"He was the dominant player," said Ottawa coach Bryan Murray of Emery. "Ray stepped up and played outstanding."
Robert Lang and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit, which saw its three-game winning streak halted. Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek, who left the Senators as a free agent over the summer, faced his former team and allowed three goals on 22 shots.
Following a scoreless opening period, the teams combined for five goals in an action-packed second that began with Spezza's unassisted tally 1:44 into the middle session.
Then, at the 5:19 mark, the Sens grabbed a two-goal lead on Neil's ninth goal of the season. Christoph Schubert released a slap shot from the left point and Neil redirected the puck in midair from the goal mouth before it bounced underneath Hasek's pads. The play was reviewed to determine if Neil's stick was above the crossbar at the time of the redirection, but the goal was allowed.
Less than two minutes later on the power play, Spezza dazzled onlookers, both those in the stands and on the ice, and notched his second marker of the evening for a 3-0 Ottawa advantage. The sniper corralled the puck at the Ottawa blue line, skated through the neutral zone around two Detroit forwards, stickhandled past a pair of defensemen in the slot and beat Hasek with a low wrist shot at 6:45.
"He made one more move," said Hasek. "I made a mistake."
Detroit settled down and scored the next two goals, the first of which occurred only 25 seconds after Spezza gave the Sens the three-goal lead.
A shot from the right point by Schneider missed the net wide right, but the rebound was controlled by Jason Williams, who curled beneath the right circle. Williams then sent a soft backhand pass toward the top of the circle, where Lang's one-timer beat Emery.
In the latter stages of the period, a tripping minor called on Neil allowed the Red Wings to skate 5-on-4 and the hosts took advantage. Detroit controlled the puck around the perimeter until Datsyuk held control along the outer rim of the right circle. Datsyuk sent a cross-ice pass to Schneider at the left point, and Schneider returned the favor through traffic before Datsyuk drilled home a blazing one-timer with 2:26 remaining before the second intermission.
The Red Wings had several good scoring chances late in the third period, but could not solve Emery. Brett Lebda and Schneider both nearly scored on good point shots, and Mikael Samuelsson was all alone at the right post with under two minutes remaining, but Emery stacked his pads.
Hasek was pulled in the final minute, but the Sens held on for the one-goal win.
Spezza has 17 goals this season...Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson did not play due to his nagging hip injury. He is listed as day-to-day...Schneider has five assists in the last two games...This marked the first meeting between these teams since October 11, 2003...Ottawa defenseman Wade Redden did not play...Detroit, which has totaled 11 power-play goals in its last six games, was 1-for-3 on the PP in this one. Ottawa scored once on its four chances with the extra skater...Attendance was 20,066.
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