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‘It’s embarrassing': Spezza blasts Sens after allowing eight vs. Rangers

Mar 19, 2014, 10:44 AM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Senators 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

Ottawa captain Jason Spezza has been pretty vocal about his team lately and, on Tuesday, that trend continued.

“It’s embarrassing,” Spezza said after the Sens were routed 8-4 by the Rangers, per the Sun. “That was a must-win game for us.

“To give up eight is unacceptable. It’s been the same thing all year for us. (This) was a microcosm of a lot of things.”

It’s likely Spezza was referring to Ottawa’s dreadful second period effort. While the shots were close — 17 for the Rangers, 16 for the Sens — it was New York that scored all the goals, including three in a four-minute span late in the frame. Benoit Pouliot, John Moore and Ryan McDonagh scored the markers, which all but deflated a Sens team that came into the second period up 2-1.

But back to Spezza for a minute.

The veteran center, in his first year as Ottawa’s captain, has talked quite a bit about his team’s disappointing campaign recently. Earlier in the week he admitted the Sens’ playoff picture ‘is not looking good,’ claiming he was ‘frustrated’ with a weekend effort in which they only mustered one point from losses to Montreal and Colorado.

As such, it’ll be interesting to see what the future has in store for the 30-year-old. Next year will be the last of Spezza’s seven-year, $49 million deal, one that carries an average annual cap hit of $7 million. His name popped up in trade rumors back at the Mar. 5 deadline and one has to wonder if they’ll surface again at the NHL Entry Draft in June.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Embarrassing, huh? Let’s check the old Thesaurus:

    excruciating
    humiliating
    distressing
    mortifying
    shameful

    And, from my own dictionary: Oy, vey!

  2. spezzdispenser - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Truly disgraceful. I was at peace with them missing the playoffs and rooting for them to lose for a better draft pick… until I remembered they don’t have a pick in the first round this year. Fantastic.

  3. sens101 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Bobby Ryan looks terrible. Hate to say it but, hindsight being 20/20, that was a terrible deal for the Sens. He needs to lose a few pounds and stop being such a floater out there. He needs to hit the Gym and work on his foot speed this summer big time. I now have a greater understanding of the Burke “intensity” comment having watched him float around the ice.

  4. sens101 - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Oh and also, the void left by alfie, combined with the team overacheiving last year, the constant turnovers and leading the league in penalties is why this team is mediocore this year.

  5. 950003cups - Mar 19, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Y’all think you guys have problems? My team lost
    Parise
    Kovalchuk
    Clarkson
    Oates
    Robinson
    Our owner
    And very soon Martin Brodeur

    You lost Alfredsson and got Bobby Ryan. Why is that so bad? Alfredsson is doing nothing in Detroit.

    • barkar942 - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      …and soon enough DeBoer. And Lamorello.

      • barkar942 - Mar 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Or not soon enough, depending on how you look at it.

      • 950003cups - Mar 19, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        Pulse of the fans want Lamoriello, DeBoer, and Salvador gone ASAP. Mainly, they want the architect of this debacle gone first. Then his coach. Then his captain. All three in less than 48 hours after the season ends officially.

  6. crazemastercraze - Mar 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Funny. If I’m not mistaken it was Spezza’s turn over in his own zone that lead to Poulits goal in the second. The flood gates opened after that

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