Ryan Spooner has only played one career NHL game, but it appears his second one will carry a ton of responsibility.

The Bruins called up Ryan Spooner from Providence on an emergency basis Monday, shortly after it was learned that David Krejci is day-to-day with a right knee injury. Spooner will join the team in Winnipeg and will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Jets.

Spooner was up with the B’s once last month, playing 5:29 in his NHL debut on Feb. 6 against the Canadiens. In 50 games this season, he has 12 goals and 33 assists for 45 points.

David Krejci was one of nine Bruins to not take the ice for Monday’s practice in Winnipeg, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Krejci left Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Penguins late in the third period after getting hit in the right knee with a Johnny Boychuk slapshot. He stayed on the ice as he was tended to by trainer Don DelNegro and put no pressure on his right leg as he was helped off.

Are the Bruins the best team in the Eastern Conference? They're on pace to finish first, but they've lost their only two meetings against the Penguins and haven't seen the surprising Canadiens go away.



The Penguins beat the Bruins for the second time in six days, handing Boston a 2-1 loss Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center.

Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner says the Bruins were dirty and cheap in double teaming on a fight against Matt Hendricks in the third period of Boston’s 4-1 win over the Capitals Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Hendricks was cornered by Adam McQuaid and Shawn Thornton and eventually fought McQuaid at center ice.

The Bruins have the pieces to be a great team -- that much can’t be debated. Yet in order to be as dominant as possible, they need the right guys going at the same time. Too often recently, they haven’t had their top line producing like a top line, and they’re going to need that line going as the games get more important late in the season heading into the playoffs. 



Milan Lucic had a career-high three assists and Nathan Horton scored once, added two assists and had a fight for a “Gordie Howe hat trick” as the Bruins outmuscled the Capitals, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Anton Khudobin stopped 32-of-33 shots for the Bruins, who won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 19-4-3, good for 41 points in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the Penguins, who beat the Rangers Saturday afternoon.

WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly has never missed more than seven games in a regular season, so the next however many weeks is going to be a new experience for him.

“It won’t be the best time,” Kelly said Friday.

Perhaps going from playing against the Penguins to playing against the Panthers is like taking the weight off a weighted bat.