5 things we learned as Ryan Spooner leads Bruins past Sabres to end road trip

DJ Bean
January 15, 2016 - 4:40 pm

Ryan Spooner factored into the Bruins'€™ first three goals Friday night to both continue his own personal hot streak and stop what was a three-game losing streak for the B'€™s. The red-hot Spooner had a goal and a pair of assists as the Bruins picked up a much-needed 4-1 win over the Sabres in Buffalo to end a 2-2-1 road trip. With his three-point night, Spooner now has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) over his last eight games. Spooner, who has played very well in David Krejci'€™s place, is now at 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) through 43 games, which is as many points as Krejci had in 35 games before going down with an upper-body injury. Friday's win was different from recent games, as the B's took leads into the third period of games against the Rangers and Flyers before giving up multiple third-period goals en route to regulation losses. Instead, the Bruins broke a 1-1 tie in the third on Friday with a Zdeno Chara goal and followed it with a Spooner tally and a Brett Connolly empty-netter. Matt Beleskey scored Boston's first goal and had the secondary assist and screen on Chara's goal. Jonas Gustavsson made 33 saves on 34 shots. The Bruins will return home to face the Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday. Here are four more things we learned Friday: KILLER B'€™S Max Talbot, Landon Ferraro and Zdeno Chara all took minor penalties in a span of 4:42 in the second period, leaving the Bruins to kill three penalties '€” each of which was without a penalty killer given that all three of those guys serve on the PK '€” in succession. Thanks to what'€™s been a very strong penalty kill of late, the Bruins managed to keep the Sabres from breaking the tie with all of the time afforded to them on the man advantage. In killing off their three penalties and a late-third period minor, the Bruins have killed off 77 of their opponents'€™ last 82 power plays. PASTRNAK STAYS OUT, CONNOLLY BACK TO BERGERON LINE David Pastrnak missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Jimmy Hayes, who had played on Patrice Bergeron'€™s line in Pastrnak'€™s place on Wednesday, went back down to the third line while Brett Connolly moved to his familiar spot to Bergeron'€™s right. The lineup Friday was as follows: Marchand-€”Bergeron-Connolly Beleskey-€”Spooner-€”Eriksson Vatrano-Kemppainen-€”Hayes Rinaldo-€”Talbot-€”Ferraro Chara-Trotman Seidenberg-€”C. Miller Krug-€”K. Miller CONNOLLY STREAK MERCIFULLY ENDS WITH EMPTY-NETTER Connolly'€™s streak without a goal would not his 20 games, as he picked up an empty-netter for his sixth goal of the season. COLIN HAS A QUIET SECOND Part of it had to do with the Bruins killing a lot of penalties in the frame, but Colin Miller had just three shifts in the second period. While it'€™s unclear why Miller was used so sparingly, a first-period flub could have factored into it. Late in the first period, Colin Miller turned the puck over behind the Bruins'€™ net to David Legwand, who scored on a wraparound for the game'€™s first goal. Miller was on the Bruins'€™ top power play unit (where he'€™s played since David Krejci went down) for a Cody Franson penalty late in the first period, but he was nowhere to be seen during a second-period power play that came on a Mike Weber hooking penalty. Miller played five shifts in the third period and finished the game with 12:18 of ice time.