Future is now for Spezza

Updated: May 20, 2003, 12:36 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Ottawa head coach Jacques Martin either made the best coaching move of the playoffs or he might have only made up for three consecutive games of bad decisions.

Either way, inserting 19-year-old Jason Spezza into the Senators' lineup paid off beautifully Monday night as the rookie had a goal and an assist in his playoff debut to help Ottawa to a 3-1 must-win over New Jersey in Game 5. The Devils lead the best-of-7 series three games to two with Game 6 on Wednesday night at East Rutherford, N.J.