Spezza Changing Role in Series

Through four games, the Senators regular season top point getter Jason Spezza has been held to just one assist and nine shots on goal.

The Senators center says in the past his lack of production would have bothered him, but now he has learned how to adjust (via Ottawa Sun)…

“If my role in this series is to draw some attention from them and tire out their guys, play kind of a grinding-style game, I have no problem playing that. If you would have talked to me a few years ago and I had no goals after four games in the playoffs, I’d be pretty rattled. Now, I think I can see the bigger picture, see that we’re tied 2-2 and there’s a great opportunity ahead of us. If I can start to score, it would give us a big boost too, but I feel I’m playing some good hockey without scoring right now.”

…it is almost unfathomable that this series is tied despite Alfredsson being out the last 2 1/2 games and Spezza having zero goals. Goes to show the Rangers do not have the killer instinct in this series and are allowing the Sens to hang around until their role players get an opportunity.

…while the Rangers secondary scorers have matched Ottawa’s, unfortunately so have their top players as Gaborik, Richards, Stepan and Anisimov have combined for zero goals in the last three games. If the Rangers have any chance of winning this series these guys need to step up.

Also at the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch takes a look at five ways the Senators can defeat the Rangers, while Wayne Scanlon at the Ottawa Citizen says the momentum of the series has shifted to the Senators.

…big time thanks to Scanlon at the Ottawa Citizen who quoted a few of my post game thoughts from Game 4 in his story.

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