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Spezza, Senators continue to defy expectations

Dec 16, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

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The Ottawa Senators aren’t leading their division, so their (relative) success story is slipping under the radar compared to the Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild.

That’s fair enough, but the team is showing far more life than almost anyone expected this season. New head coach Paul MacLean deserves a lot of credit, but Jason Spezza has been the biggest catalyst. The much-maligned playmaker racked up four points to push his season total to 36 as Ottawa beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-4.

 

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