Jason Spezza contributed offensively in the Dallas Stars’ overtime victory over the Avalanche in Colorado on Thursday before leaving the game with a lower-body injury.
Spezza gave Dallas a 1-0 lead just 91 seconds into the contest with his 18th goal of the season but exited witih 11:27 remaining in the second period with the injury. The veteran center took 10 shifts in the game, winning five of his seven faceoffs in 7 minutes, 25 seconds of ice time.
The goal on Thursday continued Spezza’s trend of tallying in every second game that began on January 16 at San Jose. The two-time All-Star has recorded 22 assists and 40 points in 52 contests this season.
Selected by Ottawa with the second overall pick in the 2001 draft, Spezza made his debut with the Senators in 2002-03, recording seven goals and 14 assists in 33 games. He netted 22 tallies the following campaign and, after falling one short in 2005-06, reached the 20-goal plateau each of his next six seasons.
Spezza scored a career-high 34 goals with Ottawa in 2006-07 and matched that total two more times – including the following campaign, when he registered a personal-best 92 points. The 32-year-old hit the 20-goal mark again in 2013-14, his final season with the Senators, before requesting – and receiving – a trade to Dallas on July 1, 2014.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Spezza has collected 285 goals and 503 assists in 819 regular-season games with the Senators and Stars while notching 17 tallies and 52 points in 56 playoff contests. The native of Toronto helped Canada capture the gold medal at the IIHF World Championship in 2015 and silver at the event in both 2008 and 2009.