Spooner’s two goals lead Bruins by Panthers


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.