Spooner assigned to Providence

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Spooner assigned to Providence

After a brief NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night, 21-year-old Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner was sent back down to the AHLs Providence Bruins a day later. Spooner had 5:29 of ice time while skating with Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif on the fourth line and fired one shot on net in the victory for the Black and Gold over their Northeast Division rivals.
Following the game, Spooner expressed appreciation for the chance the Bruins gave him to play in his first NHL game against the team he rooted for as a kid, and confidence that hell be even better the next time he gets a chance.
Its a role Im not used to, but Ill obviously come up and do anything they ask me to, said Spooner. After my first shift I think things went a little better, I had a shot or two on net and things calmed down a little bit.
The move to place Spooner back in Providence is an encouraging sign that perhaps Brad Marchand (upper body) has improved to the point where he can play in a Saturday afternoon tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Marchand missed the Habs game and has had the benefit of six days of healing time after crashing into the boards against the Maple Leafs.
If Marchand cant play, then Spooner is only a 45-minute drive away in Providence, through it might take a little longer to get to Boston as a Noreaster blizzard is expected to pound Eastern Massachusetts on Friday and Saturday.

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

Capitals lose 3-goal lead, recover to beat Bruins in OT

WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.

Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.

After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.

Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.

Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.