NHL Wrap: Spezza, Ryan help Sens rout Wings

NHL Wrap: Spezza, Ryan help Sens rout Wings
October 23, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Bobby Ryan, left, scored two goals in the Senators' 6-1 win over Detroit on Wednesday. (USA Today Images)

The Flyers promoted Mark Streit to their first power-play unit and bumped Kimmo Timonen down to the second in hopes of boosting their nine percent PP success rate (see story).

Timonen's demotion to the second power-play unit sent a message loud and clear to the veteran defenseman that he needs to improve his play (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Wednesday's NHL action:

Senators rout Alfredsson, Red Wings
DETROIT -- Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan scored two goals apiece, and the Ottawa Senators routed Daniel Alfredsson and the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 on Wednesday night.

Alfredsson was held without a point by his former team. The Swedish winger spent 17 seasons with the Senators before signing a one-year deal with the Red Wings in the offseason.

Eric Gryba and Jared Cowen also scored for the Senators, who had three goals on eight shots against Jimmy Howard before the Detroit goalie was taken out in the first period.

Craig Anderson made 31 saves for Ottawa.

Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings (see full recap).

Lucic, Krug help Bruins beat Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Milan Lucic had two goals and an assist, and Torey Krug also scored twice to help the Boston Bruins beat the reeling Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Dougie Hamilton also scored for Boston. The Bruins are 6-2 overall and have won their first four road games for the first time since 2010.

Nikita Zadorov and Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo. At 1-9-1, the Sabres are off to their worst start in franchise history. They are winless in their first seven home games.

Chad Johnson made 14 saves for Boston, and Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots for Buffalo.

Boston left wing Loui Eriksson had to be helped from the ice after a late hit from Sabres enforcer John Scott in the third period. Scott then fought Adam McQuaid and was given a match penalty (see full recap).

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