Sens superstar Jason Spezza overcomes pain to rejoin team for Game 3

Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza gets knocked down by Pittsburgh Penguins' Tanner Glass during NHL...

Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza gets knocked down by Pittsburgh Penguins' Tanner Glass during NHL Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff hockey action at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Sunday May 19,2013. Errol McGihon/The Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:12 PM ET

Thousands strong at Scotiabank Place Sunday night chanted his name -- Spezza, Spezza, Spezza -- their white towels waving.

Being able to stand at centre ice once again wearing the red uniform with the gold centurion stitched in -- it was in some ways overwhelming, but a big relief for Jason Spezza -- a guy who really understands pain.

Back in the Senators lineup nearly four months after surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back, Spezza. scuffled for position early in the game, mixing it up along the boards, trying to get the juices flowing, looking for his immense offensive instincts to kick in. With 3:27 left in the first period, he drew a slashing penalty by driving to the net.


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