Boston, MA --
Boston Bruins rookie forward Ryan Spooner
admitted he had a case of the jitters on Wednesday night during the B's 5-2 win over the New York Islanders rookies.
|Spooner & Sauve |
"Yes, I felt really nervous the first game," said Spooner. "But tonight I felt a lot more comfortable,"
Spooner scored two goals and gave the Boston Bruins rookies a 2-1 win and a two-game series sweep of the New York Islanders rookies at the TD Garden on Thursday night.
A big crowd of 14,180 made a two-day total of 25,651 and dazzled many of the young prospects.
"That’s the biggest crowd I’ve ever played in front of," said Spooner. "In the first game there, it was a bit nerve-wracking, but I kind of got used to it as the game went on.
"It was awesome to have support like that."
The support didn't just come from the crowd as Max Sauve
assisted on both of Spooner's goals.
"I got great passes from Sauve," said Spooner. "The last pass in the overtime was awesome. I just went in and shot five-hole.
"Most of the credit should go to him because without that pass, I wouldn’t have been on a breakaway.
"He’s just a great player," added Spooner. "He’s fast, he makes great passes, and he’s smart with the puck.
"It’s been really nice playing with him for the past two games."
Spooner talked about having so many talented players on the same bench.
"It’s kind of intimidating," he said. "But also to play with them is great.
"There are so many good players here. There’s [Tyler] Seguin, Sauve, [Jamie] Arniel, there’s so many guys that I guess I can look up to and take tips from and that’s what I did in the last couple games."
The Bruins coaches kept their advice simple.
"They just said keep playing hard," said Spooner. "Yesterday we had a good game, so they said just try to keep that up.
"We came out a bit slow in the first period, but we got our feet moving a bit more the second period and things worked out well."