Karlsson, Spezza lead Senators over Devils 5-2

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 17, 2013

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 18: Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on December 18, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each had a goal and two assists to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. The win marked the Senators' first victory on home ice after they spent the first two weeks of the season on the road. Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Milan Michalek also scored, while Craig Anderson stopped 39 shots. The Devils (0-4-3) are the only team without a win. Martin Brodeur was far from his best in facing 23 shots. Travis Zajac and Steve Bernier scored for New Jersey. Karlsson opened the scoring four minutes into the game, taking a great feed from Ryan and beating Brodeur with a blast on the Senators' first shot of the game. Just over two minutes later, Kyle Turris found Ryan behind the net and Ryan scored on the wraparound. With things looking like they could quickly spiral out of control New Jersey called a timeout. The Devils had a number of great chances in the second, but just couldn't get anything past Anderson. With less than two minutes remaining in the middle period the Senators made it 3-0 on a great passing sequence that started with Spezza finding Karlsson, who fed Smith at the side of the net. Smith fired it past Brodeur on Ottawa's fourth shot of the period. The Senators ran into some penalty trouble at the end of the period. With Chris Phillips already in the box, Eric Gryba took a high-sticking penalty late in the period to give the Devils a 5-on-3 for 1:42. New Jersey started the third with the two-man advantage and Zajac finally beat Anderson short side. Anderson then robbed Jaromir Jagr with a great stick save, which made the crowd of 18, 867 chant his name. The Devils made it 3-2 midway through the period, as the Senators were unable to clear the puck out of their own end. Bernier took advantage, jumping on a loose puck to beat Anderson five-hole. Michalek gave the Senators breathing room as he beat Brodeur with a slap shot from just inside the blue line with under four minutes remaining in regulation. Spezza then made it 5-2 with an empty-net goal. NOTES: Spezza was given a huge cheer as he took to the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for the first time as team captain. ... Center Stephane Da Costa was placed on waivers today. Defenseman Joe Corvo was a healthy scratch. ... New Jersey's defenseman Mark Fayne, center Jacob Josefson and left winger Rostislav Olesz also were healthy scratches.
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