A tip of the cap to Jason Spezza. He was sizzling in the desert Tuesday night. The Senators centre completed his fifth career hat-trick to help Ottawa come back from a 2-0 deficit and halt a four-game winless streak with a dramatic 4-3 OT victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. It took a little extra work but Cory Conacher scored at 2:48 of the extra period to beat Mike Smith and help the Senators salvage this trip with a 2-2-2 record. The club will return home with six of a possible 12 points. Goaltender Craig Anderson made 34 stops but the Senators would have never gotten this win if it wasn’t for the heroics of the captain. Spezza's last hat-trick was Feb. 14 2012 in Tampa Bay. Mike Ribiero Radim Vrbata and Rob Klinkhammer scored for the Coyotes. Spezza completed his natural hat-trick by firing a slapshot by Smith at 7:19 of the third to give Ottawa the lead. That goal came on the power play with the Coyotes serving a too many men on the ice penalty. With Chris Phillips in the box the Coyotes tied it up on a goal credited to Ribiero that appeared to hit Colin Greening’s stick as it beat Anderson at 16:29. Trying to get the offence going coach Paul MacLean shifted the club's top two lines. Cory Conacher skated with Milan Michalek and Spezza while Ryan was on a line with Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur. A gaffe by Smith in his own zone allowed the Senators to tie it up 2-2 at 1:50 of the third. Smith lost the puck in the trapezoid couldn’t touch it and then couldn't get back to his net in time to make the save. Quick work by Greening behind the net picking up the loose puck and throwing it out front to Spezza resulted in his second of the night. All he had to do was fire it into an empty bet as Smith was caught out of position. Unlike disastrous losses in San Jose and Anaheim on the weekend the Senators effort was certainly better. Spezza’s second of the season at 8:42 of the second pulled Ottawa to within a goal as they trailed 2-1 after 40 minutes. After an attempt by Conacher trickled through Smith’s five-hole Spezza was parked on the doorstep to fire the puck into an empty net. Until that point it looked like Smith was going to shut the door completely. Having difficulty winning faceoffs in the first the problems continued in the second for the Senators and resulted in a 2-0 lead for the Coyotes in a span 1:17. Vrbata roofed it to beat Anderson top shelf at 2:35 after Ottawa lost a draw.
Senators' Jason Spezza a natural in 4-3 win over Coyotes
Ottawa Sun | Oct 16