There were still no answers about Jason Spezza’s status following Wednesday’s game – Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said he didn’t know whether the star centre would be joining the team on the trip to Carolina Thursday – but the 5-1 romp over the Montreal Canadiens did allow the team to breathe a little easier. At least for the time being.
TAMPA, Florida – As the clock ticked down on the the Tampa Bay Lightning’s wild and wacky 6-4 win over the Ottawa Senators Friday, a much different type of game was playing out between the clubs’ American Hockey League affiliates.
In the big picture of Monday’s 4-0 victory, Jakob Silfverberg’s first NHL goal wasn’t vital to the team’s victory – it was the fourth and final goal with 1:04 remaining – but it definitely took some pressure off the rookie Swede. He passed off the credit to Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek for their work on the boards, setting him up.