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Spezza aiming for playoffs, but no guarantees

Feb 8, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

Jason Spezza

“It was really bad. It got to the point where there was no way I was going to be able to play.”

That was Senators forward Jason Spezza today in Ottawa as he spoke to reporters about the pain he was under prior to having surgery for a herniated disc.

Looking forward, Spezza is hoping 1) that he’ll be back playing hockey soon, and 2) that this will be the end of the 29-year-old’s back issues.

To the first part: “The goal is to get back by the end of the season and to hopefully help us to the end of the year and the playoffs.”

To the second: “I do play hockey for a living and it’s not easy on the body, but the goal is to strengthen it and have it fixed and not be an issue moving forward. If there’s a doctor out there who can give me that guarantee, or I can give you that guarantee I’d love to have it.”

The Senators are 3-2-1 without Spezza in the lineup.

  1. nygdriveforfive - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Returning for the playoffs would be such a lift for the Sens. Turris is playing well but imo is better off on the 2nd line. At least the Sens are deep up the middle. Rest up Spezz, Sens will need you for a deep playoff run.

  2. elrock7 - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Yeah, no guarantees. The Sens are far from a lock to even make the playoffs!

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