Jason Spezza was back last night for back-to-back games against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
If the Senators centre needed a test for his back, he's getting it. Spezza returned to the lineup after back spasms kept him out of Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh.
"I swung my leg out of the car when we got back from shopping and my back just seized up," said Spezza yesterday. "It was weird the way it happened. I don't know how to explain it. I'm not getting out of the car anymore. I'm going to get one of those hydraulic things to load and unload me."
The injury didn't spare Spezza, who has 27 goals and 40 assists in 52 games and is on a double-digit scoring streak, some ribbing from teammate Dany Heatley.
"(Heatley) said I must really be hurt to miss a game when I'm on an 11-game (point) streak," said Spezza.
He was hearing it from all sides, too.
Senators coach Bryan Murray said Spezza should "get hooked up and then he wouldn't have to (shop)," which -- as you might expect -- didn't go over too well with Spezza's girlfriend.
"She wasn't happy," said Spezza. Not even being worked on by a chiropractor could get the muscles to release in time to play the Penguins.
"I feel fine. Well, not fine, but a lot better than it did the other day," Spezza said after yesterday's morning skate. "I imagine it will feel a lot better by game time."
Spezza said the episode was particularly frustrating because he's been working hard on maintaining the condition of his back after undergoing disc surgery at the end of last season.
"It's non-related to the surgery. It's not something that aggravated it. It's muscular," he said.