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OTTAWA -- It might be a lot to ask, but the Ottawa Senators are hopeful Jason Spezza will be just what they need to get back into their playoff series with Pittsburgh. Nike Huarache Grey . Spezza, who hasnt played since January 27 after undergoing back surgery for a herniated disc, will draw into Ottawas lineup Sunday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series that the Penguins lead 2-0. "Im excited to have a chance to play again," said Spezza. "I feel ready to play." The 29-year-old will immediately add depth to a struggling offence and power play. "Were excited about the skill that he brings back to our team and were looking forward to it," said Senators coach Paul MacLean. "We certainly feel that hes going to give us some help on the power play for sure. He can help us quite a bit there." The Senators power play has gone 1-for-7 through the first two games and its clear they would benefit from Spezzas abilities. Spezzas minutes will be monitored and MacLean eluded to the fact the amount could be higher or lower depending on the amount of power play time the Senators have. Spezza is expected to line up with Milan Michalek and possibly Colin Greening. Having Spezza back in the lineup gives the Senators offensive support, but almost more important is the emotional leverage it gives the team. "Hes such a skilled playmaker that if youre on the ice with him you know to keep your stick on the ice because he finds a way to get the puck to you," said Zack Smith. "When youre playing with guys like that youre just more prone to go to the net and go to those areas and be more confident." While hes ready emotionally and physically Spezza acknowledges that nothing hes done can truly compare to the speed and physicality of a playoff game. However, hes confident the work hes put in has prepared him for his return, and that what he may lack in being game-ready will be made up by excitement and anticipation. "Im going to try to use my excitement and try to make it a positive and not be worried about the negative." Spezza acknowledged timing could be the biggest adjustment when he hits the ice, but is hopeful it comes back pretty quick. "Basically Im just going to go out and work hard and be smart," said Spezza. "I expect to play well. "I wouldnt play unless I felt I could help the team and contribute." Spezza had two goals and three assists in just five games during the regular season. Strangely enough Sunday marks the 10 year anniversary of Spezzas playoff debut where he had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win for the Senators over the New Jersey Devils. The Penguins know Spezza makes Ottawa a better team and while his return wont alter their game plan they will be aware of his presence. "Its going to be important to be in his face right away and make sure he doesnt have time and space," said Pittsburghs Kris Letang. "Hes got good hands so he can make you look really bad so if youre in his face and have a good gap you have a better chance of having success against him." The Senators are undefeated at Scotiabank Place in the playoffs this year and are hopeful to take advantage of home ice and a supportive crowd. "We play well at home so our expectation is to play well," said MacLean. "Our expectation is to give ourselves a chance to win. Its up to us to make this a playoff series and we need to win a game to make it a series." In the first two games the Penguins have easily been the better team in the early part of the game and the Senators would love nothing more than to be able to come out hard and steal the momentum with a strong start of their own. "We need to play to our identity," said MacLean. "We have to try and establish our game first. What hurt us in the first two games is not getting off to a (good) start and were down in the first three minutes of both games and catch up hockey is losing hockey." With the return of Spezza and the home crowd behind them the Penguins know the Senators will be at their best. "Theyre going to be desperate and we know this is going to be the toughest test yet," said Sidney Crosby. "We need to start well, but just a play a complete game and give ourselves a chance." Despite being pulled after allowing three goals in Fridays game Craig Anderson will get the start for Sundays game. Nike Huarache Blue And White . -- Arizona knocked off some quality opponents, rolled over a few overmatched ones and grinded out victories even when things didnt go so well. Nike Roshe Two Uk . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. . I cant pinpoint a date, but I do remember a player from my youth. Brian Downing was with the Chicago White Sox at a time when I listened to every game I possibly could on the radio. That particular season the late great Harry Caray was calling the White Sox games. DENVER -- Starter Jon Gray pretended he was closing out the first inning.Anything to avoid a pattern of early game hiccups.That particular approach served him well, too, with Gray pitching six scoreless innings to help the Colorado Rockies beat the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 on a gusty Monday night.Gray (9-6) surrendered four hits and struck out eight in a crisp performance for his first win since Aug. 2.I feel like sometimes you can out-aggressive people. I like to do that, Gray said. Bring a little intensity and cruise from there.Gray started strong, which hasnt always been the case this season. Of the 72 runs he has allowed, 34 have been scored in the opening two innings.In this game, not even a third-inning downpour could interrupt his concentration.Gray ran into trouble in the fifth with two on and one out. Adrian Gonzalez sent a sinking liner to center that Charlie Blackmon hauled in as he slid on the slick grass. Gray pointed his glove toward the centerfielder in appreciation.That was awesome, Gray said. That really helped me out a lot.DJ LeMahieu had a two-run double in a five-run seventh that turned a pitching duel into a rout.Kenta Maeda (13-8) was electric once again at Coors Field -- except for a hanging slider that Nick Hundley hit for a two-run homer in the fourth. The right-hander with the quirky delivery allowed four hits over five innings. Maeda has a 2.12 ERA in three starts at the hitter friendly park.Overall, I thought I pitched pretty well, Maeda said through a translator. It was that one pitch which was a slider inside that was definitely a mistake pitch.The Dodgers had a momentary scare when All-Star rookie shortstop Corey Seager was hit in the left hand by a pitch from Chris Rusin in the seventh. He appeared to be in quite a bit of pain as he made his way to first base, but remained in the game. Seager was hit earlier in the game. The team said X-rays were negative.Seager wont play Tuesday, but that was already planned.It always hurts when you get hit, said Seager, whose team finished with five hits. Youre glad its not broken and you move on. Air Huarache For Sale. .TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (mild disk irritation) will face hitters in a simulated game on Tuesday in Los Angeles. A minor-league start may be the next step in his rehabilitation. We have a couple different scenarios. So, depending on how he comes out of it, well make a decision, manager Dave Roberts explained.Rockies: INF Mark Reynolds (broken bone in left hand) could return before the end of the season. Theres a lot still out in front of him that he has to be able to do before he gets into a game, manager Walt Weiss said.FANTASY DRAFTRoberts has a new player on his team -- Julio Jones, the game-changing receiver of the Atlanta Falcons. Jones may not help the Dodgers win the NL West, but could lift Roberts and his team to a fantasy football title.The Dodgers held their league draft in Denver on Sunday. Roberts is the silent partner on a squad co-owned by Justin Turner and Brandon McCarthy. They took Jones with the No. 2 overall pick.THIS & THATLast week, Maeda was optioned to the Arizona League Dodgers to free up roster space. He was recalled Monday and the team optioned right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart to Double-A Tulsa. ... Weiss said there wont be any conversations about a new contract until after the season. The fourth-year manager is in the final year of his deal. ... Pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson broke up the shutout in the ninth with an RBI groundout that brought in Andrew Toles, who tripled.SOUVENIRThe crowd gave Colorado pinch-hitter Stephen Cardullo a standing ovation after his first major league hit in the eighth. Cardullo, who turns 29 on Wednesday, was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque last week. He plans to give the ball to his dad.Just a great feeling, Cardullo said.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Rich Hill (10-3) makes his first start at Coors Field since April 23, 2008, while with the Chicago Cubs.Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (4-5) is 4-1 with a 3.45 ERA at Coors Field this season. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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