Spezza's hat-trick leads Senators past Penguins

Sat Dec 6, 2008 9:38pm EST
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Jason Spezza scored his second career hat-trick to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday.

Spezza scored all three goals in the second period. Ottawa only had seven shots the entire period.

"It's nice to get a few to contribute to the win, but in the end we played a great team game and did a real good job," Spezza told reporters.

"I feel like I can get better and better, and I feel like I've been playing better and better," the Senators' center added after he increased his goal total for the season to 11.

Dany Heatley assisted on two of the goals to help the Senators win for the fourth time in five games.

"We're starting to gel as a line again," said Spezza, who played with Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson.

"Things are starting to come together, and I'm getting the puck a lot more. We're starting to feel better about our game."

Spezza scored an unassisted goal 4:01 into the second period and gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead about five minutes later off assists by Heatley and Alfredsson.

Jordan Staal's power play goal at 16:17 of the period pulled Pittsburgh to 2-1 before Spezza struck again with 39 seconds left in the second.   Continued...

<p>Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza (top) celebrates his second goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammate Dany Heatley during the second period of their NHL game in Ottawa December 6, 2008. REUTERS/Blair Gable</p>