Jason Spezza may be posting the lowest points-per-game since his sophomore season, but when he turns it on, few players have better hands. Watch as he embarrasses Kris Russell with a perfectly timed toe-drag and puts a beautiful feed on to the tape of Jamie Benn for a tap-in goal.
It may seem like this hasn’t been the kind of season we’ve come to expect from Jason Spezza, but rest assured he still has an incredible pair of hands and he put them on display Wednesday night.
Midway through the second period of Dallas’ tilt with Calgary and with the Stars on the power play, Spezza received a pass in the right wing circle. As Flames defenseman Kris Russell slid out to attempt to shut down Spezza’s passing lanes, he perfectly toe-dragged the puck around Russell, waited for a passing lane to open up and put a tape-to-tape feed past Calgary’s Dennis Wideman and onto the stick of Jamie Benn for a tap-in:
With Spezza no longer in Ottawa, it seems as though you don’t hear about him as much. Not being the go-to scorer will do that, but the 31-year-old Spezza is actually putting together quite a nice season. It appears Spezza will fail to hit the 20-goal plateau for the first time since 2005-06 and will post the lowest points-per-game since his sophomore season, but 56 points in his first season in a new system is promising for the Stars.
Maybe more importantly, Spezza has stayed healthy all season and looks as if he’ll play 82 games for the first time since 2008-09, which is the only other time he’s remained in the lineup for each of his team’s games.