For the first time since he was traded, Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza returned to Ottawa to face the Senators, the team he played for from 2002-14 and that drafted him No. 2 overall in 2001.
He received light booing at the start of the game, but after the Senators played a one-minute video tribute to Spezza, fans got out of their seats for a standing ovation.
Spezza had 687 points in 686 games for Ottawa over the course of 11 seasons after the Senators drafted him No. 2 overall in 2001. He requested a trade last summer and got his wish on July 1, when he was sent to Dallas in a five-player deal.
The Stars went on to beat the Senators 6-3 behind two goals from Jamie Benn. Dallas improved to 22-19-7, while Ottawa fell to 19-19-9.
Spezza logged four hits and had 16:17 of ice time but did not register a point. The 31-year old has eight goals and 37 assists in 48 games with the Stars this season
- Katie Brown