Spezza eyes world gold

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

Jason Spezza is going to get the chance to keep his hot streak alive beyond Saturday’s season finale in Boston.

The Senators centre, who has 22 points in his past 14 games, has accepted an invitation to play for Canada at the world championship in Slovakia, April 29-May 15.

“It extends my year, it’s something exciting for me,” said Spezza, who has played in two previous world championships but has yet to win gold. “That’s the result we’re going over there for.

“I’ve had personal success in this tournament before, but a gold medal has alluded me.

“ I want to make sure I have a good tournament, play whatever role they want me to, and come back with a gold,” he said.

Spezza, who is playing the best all-round game of his career, has become an exceptional faceoff man and penalty killer in recent months.

He’s by no means relieved that this Senators’ season is coming to an end.

“It’s been a good run for us,” Spezza said of the team’s late season surge.

“I wish we could play a little more ... but we dug ourselves such a hole. It’s been more exciting times around here the last couple of months. All the young guys, new faces coming in.

“It’s been better hockey and more enjoyable to come to the rink, for sure,” Spezza said.

Friendly tussle

The last Senators practice of the season included a fight.

Not a real one, but a long, playful tussle between Nick Foligno and Chris Neil that saw a few punches slip through and connect.

“He was teaching me how to get punched in the face,” Foligno joked afterwards.

“I learned a lot from that. I hit him with one then he hit me with about six.

“It was pretty funny,” he said.


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