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MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 5:27 PM ET

 Jason Spezza did not even have his own locker in the visitors' dressing room at the Air Canada Centre yesterday morning.

 Instead the 20-year-old Ottawa Senators forward was forced to peel off his equipment while sitting on a chair in the middle of the room after the team's morning skate, an indication that he would be made a healthy scratch for the second time in this series.

 And despite claims from Sens coach Jacques Martin that a decision to activate Spezza would be made at game time, no one was surprised to find the frustrated kid sitting in the press box -- again -- for Game 2 of the Maple Leafs-Sens first-round matchup at the Air Canada Centre last night.

 "Jason is a very good player and I told him we are going to need him down the road," Martin said.

 Those words apparently were of little consolation to Spezza, who continues to display his extreme disappointment with the situation.

 "I think I should play, I expect to play and I think I deserve to play," Spezza said.

 "This is just another piece of adversity in the last little while that I'll have to deal with. I just feel I can help this team."

 STICK-Y SITUATION

 During their 4-2 victory over the Maple Leafs in the series opener, the Senators benefitted from a slashing penalty to Toronto's Bryan McCabe, who was sent to the box for shattering the stick of Marian Hossa with a hack.

 Last night the Sens experienced the other side of the coin.

 Early in the first period Tie Domi was breaking down the right wing when his stick was broken by a slash from Senators defenceman Anton Volchenkov. Sure enough, Volchenkov was called for the first penalty of the game.

 The Sens were called for that same infraction midway through the second when a Zdeno Chara hack shattered the stick of Mats Sundin.

 SENATORS INJURIES

 None.


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