Ryan Spooner

5 things we learned as Bruins open road trip with win over Devils

DJ Bean
January 08, 2016 - 4:29 pm
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The Bruins began their five-game road trip with a 4-1 win over the Devils Friday night at the Prudential Center. The B'€™s got multi-point nights from three players and Jonas Gustavsson stopped 19 of the 20 shots he saw on the night for the Bruins'€™ second win in their last seven games. The Bruins also killed off all three of New Jersey's power plays. Friday saw the return of David Pastrnak, who played in just his 11th game of the season after going down with a foot injury in late October. Pastrnak skated on the Bruins'€™ first line with Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson. The 19-year-old finished the game with no points and one shot on goal. The Bruins will continue their road trip Saturday when they face the Senators in Ottawa. Here are four more things we learned Friday: SPOONER ON A PRETTY PACE Ryan Spooner scored eight goals in 24 games after his late-February callup last season, a key reason why both he and the Bruins were eager to reunite on a two-year deal this summer. On Friday, he surpassed that goal total amidst what'€™s been a promising offensive stretch for him. Spooner scored from the top of the zone in the second period Friday to give him nine goals on the season. Jimmy Hayes also got to nine goals with a power-play tally late in the second period. With a goal and an assist, Spooner extended his points streak to four games (one goal, five assists). Now at 28 points through 39 games, Spooner is on pace for 59 points this season. As Twitter follower ETD51 pointed out, that total would have led the Bruins last season. VATRANO GETS BACK TO SCORING Frank Vatrano had registered points in just three of his first 24 games. He'€™s now at four in 25. Vatrano picked up his sixth goal of the season Friday by putting a rebound of a Colin Miller shot past Cory Schneider 2:02 into the first period. Speaking of Colin Miller... POINTS COME BACK FOR MILLER Colin Miller scored his first goal since late November and picked up his second multi-point performance of the season. His partner, Dennis Seidenberg, had a pair of assists. Adam McQuaid'€™s absence should lead to a bit more lineup consistency on the back end, as the Bruins usually have eight defensemen when everyone is healthy, resulting in guys going in and out. Miller has been deserving of a full-time job, and he should be able to have that if he keeps producing. MARCHAND'€™S SUSPENSION UP Friday marked the third and final game of Brad Marchand'€™s three-game suspension. He is eligible to return to the lineup Saturday against the same Senators team against whom he committed his infraction late last month. Because Marchand was still on the Bruins'€™ roster during his suspension, the Bruins will not need to send anybody down for him to return to the lineup. Marchand'€™s return to the lineup could bump David Pastrnak to Joonas Kemppainen'€™s line and Brett Connolly down to the fourth line. Connolly has gone 17 games without a goal.

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