Jason Spezza had two goals vs. the Wings Wednesday. He was named the eighth captain in franchise history on Sept. 14. He has 6-2-8 points in his last four games and is tied for second in the NHL with seven goals this season.

Jason Spezza served notice to his teammates, to himself and maybe even the guy behind the Red Wings bench at the Joe Louis Arena Wednesday he is a force to be reckoned with.

The Senators were back home at the Bell Sensplex Thursday after putting the Detroit Red Wings in their place with a 6-1 victory and if there was any question about Spezza's new role as captain they can stop anytime.

His two-goal performance against Daniel Alfredsson and the Wings declared loud and clear Spezza, 30, is embracing the challenge of wearing the 'C' and it might make Team Canada coach Mike Babcock take a second look for Sochi.

"(Spezza's) had a few of them lately," said winger Bobby Ryan following a 45-minute skate.

"I think he certainly has had a few games where he's made statements by carrying the load offensively. I think everybody likes to compare him to the guy that had (92) points in (2007-08). He's able to play everywhere on the ice.

"That's been big for us because he's gonna get those opportunities because he's skilled enough, but if he's able to take care of the other end of the ice that instils throughout the lineup. If your captain is doing it then everybody else is going to follow suit."

Spezza couldn't have picked a better stage to lead the way for the Senators.

There was so much hype about facing Alfredsson gong into the game that it only made sense comparisons would be made after the final buzzer.

"You try to play well in big games," said Spezza. "It felt good to get on the board early a couple of times. I thought, to a man, that was our most complete game.

"When guys are playing that way we're a good hockey club and it makes all the individuals good as well."

Spezza said he was trying not to get caught up in the Alfredsson storyline.

"It's less personal to us than maybe it is from the outside," said Spezza. "It was important for us, and for me, to play well because we felt that was a big game against a divisional rival that we're going to see a lot of that can be intimidating.