DETROIT — Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan scored two goals apiece, and the Ottawa Senators routed Daniel Alfredsson and the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 tonight.
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.
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 has seven goals on the season, trailing only Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who leads the NHL with nine. Ryan has scored six.
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. 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.
Anderson made a sprawling stick save on Pavel Datsyuk at the start of the second period, and Spezza made it 4-1 with his second goal of the night. His initial shot missed the net but bounced right back to him from the end boards, and he was able to shoot past a startled Gustavsson.
Cowen scored early in the third when his shot from near the left point slipped past Gustavsson. Ryan scored on a rebound to make it 6-1.
Alfredsson is Ottawa’s career leader in games (1,178), goals (426), assists (682) and points (1,108), but he had a quiet game today, along with the rest of the Red Wings. Alfredsson had two shots and was called for a third-period tripping minor.
NOTES: Detroit D Niklas Kronwall was back on the ice after missing two games with a concussion. He assisted on Bertuzzi’s goal. ... The Senators were 3 for 24 on the power play entering the game. ... Gustavsson made 17 saves in relief. ... It was the most goals scored by Ottawa this season and the most allowed by Detroit.
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