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Senators rout Alfredsson, Red Wings 6-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm •  Published: October 23, 2013
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DETROIT (AP) — Jason Spezza and the Ottawa Senators turned this reunion into a rout.

Spezza and Bobby Ryan scored two goals apiece, and the Senators beat Daniel Alfredsson and the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Wednesday night.

Alfredsson was held without a point by his former team. The Swedish winger spent 17 seasons with the Senators before signing a one-year deal with the Red Wings in the offseason.

"It was different seeing them on the other side," Alfredsson said. "Once the puck dropped in the game you focus on what you're going to do out on the ice. It didn't feel as awkward as I thought it would."

Eric Gryba and Jared Cowen also scored for the Senators, who had three goals on eight shots against Jimmy Howard before the Detroit goalie was taken out in the first period.

Craig Anderson made 31 saves for Ottawa.

Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings.

Spezza is Ottawa's captain, a role Alfredsson filled previously. Spezza has seven goals on the season, trailing only Washington's Alex Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with nine.

"I was learning to be captain from Alfie when he was here and now I'm trying to do that," Spezza said. "We found a way to beat one of the best teams in our division and we'll try to use that as a springboard to keep playing better."

The Senators won at Detroit for the first time since 2006, although this was only their third road game against the Red Wings since then. Detroit moved to the Eastern Conference this year.

Gryba opened the scoring, beating Howard from the right circle after Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser couldn't control the puck behind the net.

Spezza made it 2-0 on a power play, shooting through traffic from the left circle. After Detroit's Kyle Quincey was called for tripping, the Senators needed only 7 seconds to score again with the man advantage, this time on Ryan's wrist shot to Howard's stick side with 5:46 remaining in the first period.

Jonas Gustavsson replaced Howard, and Bertuzzi scored a couple minutes later, stuffing the puck past Anderson on the power play.

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