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Jason Spezza returns to Senators' practice; still no timetable for a return

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    Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza, right, and Daniel Alfredsson attend hockey practice in Ottawa, Ontario, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Senators are to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two of the NHL playoffs. (AP Photos/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand) (The Associated Press)

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    Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza (19) takes part in hockey practice with teammate Eric Gryba (62) in Ottawa, Ontario, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Senators are to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two of the NHL playoffs. (AP Photos/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand) (The Associated Press)

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    From left to right, Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Peter Regin and Jakob Silfverberg laugh during hockey practice in Ottawa, Ontario, Sunday, May 12, 2013. The Senators are to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two of the NHL playoffs. (AP Photos/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand) (The Associated Press)

Fresh off their first-round elimination of the Montreal Canadiens, the Ottawa Senators had a familiar face back on the ice on Sunday.

No. 1 center Jason Spezza practiced with his teammates for the first time since undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk on Feb. 1 and says it was nice to take another step in his recovery.

"It's been a long process and a long season for me," Spezza said. "It felt good to join the team again and get some reps in. It may not seem like it and I may not play this year, but for me it's a small victory."

Despite speculation that Spezza could be done for the season, the fact the 29-year-old took part in a full practice was encouraging for the Senators, who will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the playoffs.