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Spezza says Adams hit was one of the biggest he’s ever received

May 20, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT


Jason Spezza is probably glad to have a couple of days off before his next game.

Not only did the Senators’ 29-year-old forward make his long-awaited return to the lineup yesterday after months of rehab following back surgery, he 1) had to play in a game that went to double overtime, and 2) got absolutely rocked by a hit from Pittsburgh forward Craig Adams.

Per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Spezza said today that the Adams hit — which occurred in the first overtime period — was one of the hardest he’s ever received in his career, but that he’s feeling no ill effects from it.

Spezza logged 18:40 in the Sens’ 2-1 win, finishing minus-1 with no points.

The Sens and Pens play Game 4 Wednesday. Pittsburgh leads the series, 2-1.

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  1. blackandyellow71 - May 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Where’s the idiot that said scratch Adams in favor of Bennett? Adams had a hell of a game last night and was one of our better players.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      He did have a good game, but I’m not sure that guy’s an idiot. Just my two cents…Adams hit was good and he played good defensively but the Pens lost. They put Glass and Adams both in the line-up for their PK and defense, and scratched a number of scorers in the process. Jokinen, Bennett…sitting aside in a game where they can really use scoring.

      I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, because I damn sure don’t know. But there still might be something to it.

      • bgrillz - May 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Adams has played every game this postseason. He is arguably the Pens best penalty killer. Glass came back for Vitale. Vitale played a poor game, and got dinged as well. The Pens got 50 shots on goal. They lost because Anderson was stellar, not because Bennett wasn’t out there.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Didn’t say they lost because Bennett wasn’t out there, NOR did I say Adams shouldn’t have been out there – just said whoever this guy was talking about may not have been an idiot when you look at the bigger picture. I am well aware of Adams’ importance on the PK.

        Thanks, though.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    It was nice to see a lot of hard, clean hits delivered (from both sides) last night without someone else jumping up and demanding they fight. Lots of people whining about penalties today, but no one can complain about the hitting in that game.

    • whammy71 - May 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Right on dude…..caveman hockey is dead.

  3. myspaceyourface - May 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    We had that game in the bag until coach Dan and Geno crapped the bed.

    • crashtheboards55 - May 20, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      I agree but you left two people out. Kunitz was horribly lazy. First with the attmepted dump in and then that ovechkin like effort of a back check. Next up on the dumbass wheel, Kris Letang. Leaves his space and the man coming to the net. Should never happen. Yeah Malkin’s back check was terrible but plenty of fault to be shared. I think Bylsma’s decision to go with the players he did was absolutley ridiculous. You go with Malkin and Letang who have shown on more thanone occasion that they make horrible decisions in their own zone. Orpik adams cooke dupuis crosby or sutter shouls have been out there. The guys who are good at making smart decisions in their own end. Horrible tactics by Bylsma.

  4. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    who placed that soda vending machine at the half board? great hit!

  5. myroncopesflask - May 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Here’s the idiot that said sit Adams for Bennett! That was an awesome hit on Spezza for sure. Adams did exactly what was expected of him last night but you may not be looking at it objectively. If Adams buries the chance he got on a wide open cage it’s 3-0 Pens. I understand you have your opinion and I have mine. I realize Adams is what he is but if you really believe that he is the difference maker that you and some others were so fired up about it last week I am affraid I’m done trying to explain my rationale. 1975

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Yeah I tried to explain it myself and got read the riot act as if I was disrespecting Adams hahaha. Might be a pointless argument…

  6. jeffchadwick - May 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    If that hit were made by a guy with “Torres” or “Cooke” on the back of the sweater, we’re probably talking about a suspension.

    • bgrillz - May 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      That was a clean body shot, no injury, no leaving the feet. That is text book hard hits. Torres could learn something. And throwing Cooke’s name out there is getting old. When was the last time he was suspended, or even sent for a hearing?

  7. Stiller43 - May 20, 2013 at 12:41 PM


  8. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Notice how his feet don’t leave the ice at all? No launching, just a clean, solid respectful hit.

  9. myroncopesflask - May 20, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Surprised nothing being said about Orpik help Neil into the boards. Don’t get me wrong watching Neil get detroyed makes me feel kinda funny. Neil won’t fight any of the Pens heavies so the only way they can get back at him for that crap he pulls betwen the whistle is to just what Orpik and Murray did to him. 1975

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      I think everyone, even the players on the OTT bench, enjoyed watching Neil go into the boards. Hope he’s ok, but I also hope the same thing happens to him on the first shift of every game he plays from now until he retires.

  10. LampyB - May 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Video doesn’t work. Over and over again within your articles. Is it that difficult to post a good link?

    • myroncopesflask - May 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Try updating your FlashPlayer.

  11. malkinrulez - May 20, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I see both points but I think I agree Bennett should have played…. Ask me in 5 min. And I might agree Adams was a good call as Pens as a teamed played great until the last 30 seconds.

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