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Senators' Jason Spezza will play in Game 3

05/18/2013 04:09 EDT | Updated 07/18/2013 05:12 EDT
The Ottawa Senators, down 2-0 in their Eastern Conference semifinal series, will have their No. 1 centre back in the lineup for Game 3 against the Penguins.

Senators coach Paul MacLean told reporters that Jason Spezza, sidelined since undergoing back surgery for a herniated disc on Jan. 27, would suit up in Sunday's game.

"We anticipate that Jason Spezza will be in the lineup [Sunday] night," MacLean said. "We're excited about the skill he brings back to our team and we're looking forward to it."

Spezza told reporters he was looking forward to playing for his team for the first time in more than three months.

"I'm excited to have a chance to play again," Spezza said. "I feel ready to play."

There is no official line set for Spezza to centre, but MacLean said he's leaning toward playing him with Milan Michalek.

"[Spezza] has a lot of history with Milan Michalek, the two of them have played well together [and] Colin Greening has played well with them in the past," MacLean said. "I would say that Milan and Jason will play together and [I'll] find someone to play the other wing."

Spezza played in only three games this season, notching two goals and three assists, before succumbing to his back injury.

MacLean also confirmed that goalie Craig Anderson will be back in the crease on Sunday.

Anderson was pulled in favour of backup Robin Lehner after giving up the first three goals in his team's 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

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