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.

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

Acciari notches first NHL goal in Bruins win over Predators

BOSTON – It took until his 43rd game in the NHL to finally score his first goal with the Bruins, but Rhode Island native Noel Acciari said it made him appreciate it all the more when that moment finally did arrived on Tuesday night. The 25-year-old Acciari finished off a Riley Nash feed on a 3-on-1 odd-man rush that gave the Bruins an insurance goal they badly needed in a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators at TD Garden.

Then David Pastrnak hit Acciari with a shaving cream pie to the face during the NESN broadcast as a way to commemorate his teammate’s big scoring moment, and Torey Krug immediately fished the puck out of the net to make certain that Acciari would get it.

So it was the best of both worlds with the team-oriented Acciari, who watched his Bruins win to go right along with his hallmark scoring moment that he’ll remember forever.

“Your first NHL goal is a special feeling and to finally have it, you know, like I said before I couldn’t have done it without the other guys, the other four, five guys on the ice. But it feels good,” said Acciari, who has a goal and four points in 24 games this season in Boston. “It just shows you how special it is. It’s not going to come the first game you play; it could come 10, 20, for me probably over 40, but it still feels the same.”

Clearly it’s more about providing a physical, heavy and aggressive opponent when Acciari suits up for the Black and Gold, and it’s less about providing offensive production that’s really a bonus from the fourth line. The focus on throwing hits, aggravating opponents and playing with extra energy have been a big part of Acciari’s game since his return from Providence, and that is absolutely been by design.

“I think I kind of strayed [from my strengths] when I got back from my injury – I kind of strayed away from the hitting game,” said Acciari. “Just getting in on the fore-check and, you know, just kind of getting back to that down in Providence was huge and kind of get my confidence up down there helped out a lot. So when I got the call up I was ready for anything.”

He’s certainly played like he was ready for anything while posting a goal and two points along with a plus-4 in his first four games back for the Bruins organization. Acciari did all of that while leading everybody in Tuesday night’s game with eight registered hits in the win over Nashville. So the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Acciari gave a pretty good example against the Predators of just what he can do with steady ice time and the trust of his teammates as all of the hockey clubs in the East gear up to finish strong for the playoffs.

Now all Acciari has to do is continue to play consistently, punish opposing players and chip in a little offense from time and time as he carves out a permanent role on Boston’s fourth line, and helps his team win a few along the way.