Spezza shoots for club record

DON BRENNAN , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Jason Spezza has a long way to go before challenging the NHL’s longest consecutive goal-scoring streak of 16 games, set by original Senator Punch Broadbent in 1921-22, or even the modern-day record of 13 games, owned by Charlie Simmer of the ’79-80 Los Angeles Kings.

But Spezza can set a modern-day Senators record — established by pal Dany Heatley — if he scores in a seventh consecutive game when

Ottawa plays in Buffalo on Wednesday.

Apparently, the Spezza impostor who couldn’t light the lamp in the team’s first 10 games this season and only had one goal after 20 has been chased out of town. The real Spezza, the one who has scored at least 32 goals in three straight seasons, now has nine, along with 14 assists, through 34 games in 2009-10.

“I’ve always been a streaky goal scorer and now the puck’s going in for me,” Spezza said after extending his streak to six games by deflecting a Filip Kuba point shot on the power play Saturday.

“I’m getting lots of chances and trying to make a conscious effort of shooting the puck a little more. All those variables result in a few more goals.”

Meanwhile, now that they’ve bagged nine in a row, the Senators can tie the NHL record for most consecutive wins simply by reeling off another eight straight. The 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins hold the mark of 17 in a row.

Enjoying a full three days off in between games for one of the few times this season, the Senators get back to busy after Wednesday’s game in Buffalo. They return home to play Vancouver Thursday and then are in Toronto Saturday.

“When you’re winning like this, you do want to play every other day, and the schedule is good for us right now,” said Spezza. “We’re probably not looking forward to the Olympic break because we’re going pretty good right now, but you just deal with what’s put in front of you.”

It will be against the Leafs that the Senators’ string of shooting on Olympians could end, if newly acquired J.S. Giguere gets the start instead of Jonas Gustavsson.

The Senators are currently in a run that has them facing six goalies who will represent their country in Vancouver: Tim Thomas (Team USA), Martin Brodeur (Team Canada), Marc-Andre Fleury (Team Canada), Jaroslav Halak (Team Slovakia), Ryan Miller (Team USA), and Roberto Luongo (Team Canada).


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