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Bruins forward Spooner thriving after call up

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner joined NHL Live to discuss the recent play of the Bruins and his first two-goal game in a win Tuesday at the Ottawa Senators.

"It was great," said Spooner, a native of Kanata, Ontario. "Just to go back to my hometown like that and get two points was great. It felt awesome."

Spooner's performance led the Bruins to a 3-1 win at that extended their lead for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference to seven points. After losing six consecutive games the Bruins have won three straight and six of eight.

"It's been fun," Spooner said. "I remember I got called up last year. I didn't really feel like myself. I was trying to sit back too much. This time up I said to myself I'm just going to come up here and play the game that I can, and try to have fun with it. It's a fun time of the year, too. I'm just happy that I can help out and the team is playing well."

Spooner, 23, is on a six-game point streak, and has three goals and eight points in eight games since he was recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League after forward David Krejci sustained a knee injury. He has formed chemistry with Milan Lucic and David Pasternak; the line has scored in four of the past five games while combining for 10 goals and 15 points.

"Just to know that I was playing with some guys who are that skilled has been great," Spooner said. "I've just been trying to get pucks on net. It's been good."

The Bruins play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA, SN360, SUN, NESN).

"They're a fast team and they're skilled," Spooner said. "We played against the [Detroit Red Wings on Sunday] and they kind of have the same build. Just try to get pucks deep, pucks to the net and we'll be fine."

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