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DETROIT (AP) — Jason Spezza made the most of an opportunity to play a day after getting benched.
Spezza scored two tiebreaking goals on power plays to help the Dallas Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Tuesday night.
The 33-year-old forward was a healthy scratch on Monday when Dallas won at Boston in overtime.
“I was unhappy about it,” he acknowledged. “I didn’t like the decision, but we have to get through that and just move forward.”
Spezza bounced back by ending his 14-game goal drought, scoring twice in a game for the first time since March 12, 2016. Spezza had 33 goals just two years ago and has 323 career goals, but he scored just five times in 44 games before breaking through against the Red Wings.
“He played like he can and played like will,” Dallas’ Ken Hitchcock said after…