Spezza delivers in 12 seconds

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Jason Spezza got the party started early last night at Scotiabank Place.

The rest was a formality.

The Senators winger set a franchise record by scoring the fastest goal from the start of a game -- 12 seconds -- and the club just kept rolling to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers to snap a three-game losing skid in front of 17,904.

Spezza, Dany Heatley and Mike Comrie led the charge with two-point efforts, while Chris Campoli also scored his first for the Senators.

Edmonton's Sam Gagner scored twice, but Senators goalie Brian Elliott was solid in making 30 stops during a game that meant a lot to the Oilers, who are fighting for a playoff spot.

"I don't think I've ever had one that quick," said Spezza. "It's pretty nice to get a bounce like that and get on a breakaway. It gives us a little bit of confidence."

Breaking in alone after a fortunate bounce off the boards, Spezza backhanded the puck through Dwayne Roloson's five-hole.

The goal beat captain Daniel Alfredsson's old mark of 13 seconds set Feb. 5, 2004, and gave the Senators a much-needed confidence boost.

"No, (I doesn't feel bad about breaking the record) and I'm sure (Alfredsson) doesn't feel bad, either," Spezza said with a laugh.

Actually, they were smiles all around the Senators.

Spezza was a human highlight reel, also making a perfect cross-ice pass to set up Comrie for his ninth of the season at 4:03 of the second. Comrie likes to score against his former team, especially with Edmonton fans booing him in the Scotiabank stands.

"I've got a few ex-teams now," said Comrie.

Senators coach Cory Clouston was impressed with Spezza's all-around game.

"I thought he played a very solid game. He won some puck battles. Obviously, that first goal was huge. The pass cross ice to (Comrie), well, there's only a few guys in the league who would have been able to see (Comrie) and let alone make that play," said Clouston.

"For the most part, all the guys had a strong game. They were physical and we stood up and held the blue line well. We won battles down low and we just kept it simple. You play your game a lot better when you're up early.

WINNING MENTAL GAME

"For the mental aspect, it's a lot easier to play when you have a lead."

The only new face the Senators added at Wednesday's trade deadline -- goaltender Pascal Leclaire -- was a spectator. That means the Senators are going to have to go with what they've got for the rest of the season and they were looking pretty good through 40 minutes last night.

Campoli, acquired from the Isles before the deadline, scored his first goal in an Ottawa uniform at 6:06 of the second on the power play. He took a pass from Comrie and beat a struggling Roloson on the stick side to give the Senators a commanding 3-0 lead.

"It felt great to get that monkey off my back," said Campoli. "I thought we played really well. It was a pretty complete game. We took care of the puck when we needed to and we made smart decisions. We skated and when we do those things, we're a tough team to play against."

It was also Elliott's first win since Feb. 12.

He would have liked Gagner's second goal the night at 18:07 of the third back and was helped by Jason Smith sweeping away another puck that bounced off the post in the third, but made saves when they were needed.

"As the game went on, he was like a vacuum on those shots from the point," said Clouston. "He just sucked them in and gave no rebounds."

BRUCE.GARRIOCH@SUNMEDIA.CA


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