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Senators' Spezza ruled out for Game 2

Wednesday, 05.15.2013 / 3:01 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Penguins-Senators series blog

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Senators' Spezza ruled out for Game 2

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean on Wednesday said center Jason Spezza would not play in Game 2 of the team's Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Spezza has not played since having back surgery Feb. 1 to repair a herniated disc but has been skating with the team's extra players since May 10. However, he did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh for Game 1 of the series, a 4-1 Senators loss Tuesday.

The back issues limited Spezza to five regular-season games, the last coming Jan. 27. He had two goals and three assists in those games, and in 53 Stanley Cup Playoff games he has 51 points.

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