Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson played through pain

Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza answers questions from the media on locker clean out day for the team...

Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza answers questions from the media on locker clean out day for the team at Scotiabank Place on Monday May 27 ,2013. Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

OTTAWA - Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson took one for the team.

Now, they both need a break to get healthy.

The Senators' No. 1 centre and top defenceman both confirmed Monday they were nowhere close to 100% when they returned from devastating injuries that were supposed to keep them out for the balance of the season.

While Spezza had back surgery in January that was supposed to keep him out three months, he confirmed that three weeks into his recovery he had a setback. Then, to make matters worse he tore his MCL that will require surgery.


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