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  • Player of the Week: March 23rd-29th

    Bruins Daily Player of the Week

    Player of the Week: March 23rd-29th

    Chris Chirichiello March 30, 2015

    David Pastrnak may have given the Bruins a three-point lead over the Ottawa Senators for the last wild card spot in the Eastern Conference Sunday night after the B’s 2-1 OT win, but Ryan Spooner has been magnificent since his recall from Providence.

    In three games last week, Spooner tallied three points, scoring twice while also notching one assist. His goal Sunday against Carolina got the Black and Gold off on the right foot yet again. His assist on Saturday versus the Rangers helped build a two-goal lead.

    With David Krejci out of the lineup for 15 games, the 23 year-old stepped up in a big way. He stepped in as the play-maker and created many offensive chances for his linemates and on the power-play. Spooner helped get Milan Lucic back on track, while Pastrnak continues his torrid point streak in just 40 games played.

    Spooner is now up to 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in just 23 games played. In 23 games last year for Boston, the young center had zero goals and 11 assists. He was a shell of himself. Now, he is playing with more confidence and he isn’t the defensive liability he once was — he has learned the system.

    Head coach Claude Julien spoke about how Spooner’s line did not create many scoring chances against the Anaheim Ducks last Thursday, so how does Lucic-Spooner-Pastrnak bounce back against the Rangers? The trio combined for two goals and two assists on the afternoon followed up by two goals on Sunday night against the Hurricanes.

    This line responded nicely and one of the main reasons was the play of Spooner. He is playing quickly and with a lot of confidence. If Spooner can work with Patrice Bergeron in the face-off dot more, he will be tough to stop on the ice.

    After Saturday’s win against the Rangers, Lucic acknowledged that playing with Spooner and Pastrnak helps benefit him in a big way.

    “Oh, it’s been good,” Lucic said after netting two goals on the afternoon. “We’re just going out there and playing and having fun. Enjoying the game has given all three of us success so we’re trying to just do what we can to contribute night in and night out and today was another day that our line was able to contribute.”

    On Boston.com: Lucic kicks Bruins past Rangers

    There is no denying that Spooner gave the B’s a shot in the arm in two instances this season — once when he was called up when Krejci went down and now down this very important stretch. He gives Boston another dimension that they haven’t had in the past and it is creating havoc.

    The B’s have six games left in their regular season to make the playoffs and Spooner has changed the dynamic of the team.

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