SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 8: Goaltender Roberto Luongo #1 of the Florida Panthers skates prior to the game against the Calgary Flames at the BB&T Center on November 8, 2014 in Sunrise, Florida. The Flames defeated the Panthers 6-4. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Video: Luongo denies Spooner with spectacular glove save

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Roberto Luongo was on his game in the first period versus the Boston Bruins on Monday.

The Florida Panthers goalie was called upon to make 14 saves in the opening 20 minutes, and none better than this glove stop on Ryan Spooner.

Spooner appeared to have the wide open net on a cross-ice pass, but Luongo threw up the glove in spectacular fashion to deny the Bruins forward less than three minutes into the game.

Welcome Ryan Spooner to the trade rumor mill

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Ryan Spooner, the 24-year-old Boston forward that scored a career-high 49 points last season, is reportedly on the trade block.

On Saturday Night, Sportsnet’s Hockey Night panel reported that Spooner has been made available, and mentioned Vancouver as a potential landing spot. The move would make sense — Vancouver GM Jim Benning was part of the Bruins front office that drafted Spooner 45th overall in 2010 — and Spooner would fill a need for the Canucks, a team that has been looking to add goalscoring.

Spooner found the back of the net 13 times last year, largely playing on Boston’s third line next to Jimmy Hayes and Matt Beleskey.

He’s struggled to find similar form this year, though, which could be why his name is being bandied about. There have also been questions about his ability to fit within Claude Julien’s system.

From CSNNE:

Spooner has been pushed into playing left wing for the bulk of the season rather than his natural, preferred center position, and he’s been dropped to the fourth line by Claude Julien over the last few weeks. At times he’s also been pulled from the Bruins power play where he racked up six goals and 17 points working off the half-wall last season.  

Julien talked about the former second round pick in frank terms after this week’s win over the Carolina Hurricanes, which featured a Spooner snipe to the top corner during a successful shootout for the Black and Gold. 

“I think at times that [David Krejci] line goes quiet, other times it’s better. We’ve tried different guys on the left side right now and one [Spooner] might give them speed but doesn’t win as many battles,” said Julien of his search for stability at left wing alongside Krejci and David Backes. “The other way [with Tim Schaller] guys are a little harder right now, and they spend more time in the O-zone. So we’re really trying hard to find the right balance there.”

Per sources of CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, potential landing spots for Spooner include Carolina, San Jose and Brooklyn.

He’s in the last of a two-year, $1.9 million deal with a $950,000 cap hit, so he would be affordable — that said, Spooner is a pending RFA that will need a new deal for next season, something any potential acquiring team will have to take into consideration.

Video: Condon robs Spooner with spectacular glove save

FOXBOROUGH — Mike Condon wasn’t terribly busy early in today’s Winter Classic, but he made a spectacular save with seconds remaining in the second period to keep the score 3-0 for the Montreal Canadiens.

Condon’s victim was Bruins forward Ryan Spooner.

If Condon can last another 20 minutes without surrendering more than two goals, the 25-year-old Massachusetts native will register a victory in the home of his beloved New England Patriots.

Not a bad story, that.

Spooner’s two goals lead Bruins by Panthers

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Boston’s power play was at it again on Saturday afternoon.

The Bruins got one opportunity on the man-advantage against the Panthers, but they were able to convert on their lone attempt.

The power play goal, which proved to be the game-winner, was scored by forward Ryan Spooner.

The 23-year-old also opened the scoring in the first period, when he tipped in a Torey Krug shot from the point.

Four of Spooner’s seven goals this season have come on the power play.

He has 16 points in 28 games in ’15-16.

The Bruins’ power play is ranked first in the NHL at 30.8 percent.

That’s all a full seven percent more than Dallas, who has the second-best power play at 23.9 percent.

Former Bruin Rilley Smith cut Boston’s lead to 2-1 in the third period before Brad Marchand scored into an empty net to give Boston a 3-1 win.

Boston also got another strong performance from goalie Tuukka Rask, who turned aside 26 of 27 shots.

The 28-year-old has now won three straight starts. He hasn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 17 (6-0-2).

On top of losing the game, the Panthers also lost forward Derek MacKenzie to a lower-body injury in the second period.

Florida has now dropped three of their last four games.

Spooner hopes to build on solid finish to ’14-15

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Once labeled a “liability defensively” by coach Claude Julien, Bruins center Ryan Spooner will head into the 2015-16 season with five pounds of additional weight, not to mention some well-earned confidence after finishing 2014-15 on a tear.

“When I was called up before, I was more focused on trying to score and getting shots on net, and all of that stuff,” said Spooner, per CSN New England. “I think at the end of last year I just decided I was going to try to play a little more on the defensive side of things. If I did get the puck then I would go down [the ice], and just sort of do my thing. That seemed to work out pretty well.”

Indeed it did. From late February on, he had 18 points in 24 games, mostly on a line with Milan Lucic and young David Pastrnak.

The B’s re-signed Spooner in the offseason, giving them two years of his services at a cap hit just below $1 million. That could turn out to be a great deal, provided he keeps progressing.