Sens' Spezza leaves for precautionary measures after open-ice hit

1/13/2008 - NHL Jason Spezza Ottawa Senators + more

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza left Sunday's 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders following the first period
after he was flattened by an open-ice hit by defenseman Freddy Meyer early in the game.

Spezza had just received a pass from defenseman Wade Redden when
he was checked by Meyer. The high-scoring Ottawa center got up and
skated slowly and directly to the bench, where he sat and spoke
with trainer Gerry Townend.

He returned moments later without missing a shift and finished
the first period, but didn't come out for the second.

A team spokesman said Spezza was held out for "precautionary
measures," though there was no indication of the nature of his

Ottawa lost All-Star right wing Dany Heatley, Spezza's linemate,
for up to six weeks on Saturday when he dislocated his right
shoulder during an awkward fall into the boards during the third
period of a 3-2 win over Detroit.