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Ryan Spooner happy with NHL debut

MONTREAL -- Ryan Spooner made his NHL debut on Wednesday, centering the fourth line between Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif in the Bruins’ win over the Candiens.

Spooner was recalled Monday, and practiced with the Bruins Tuesday.

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“Pretty nervous to start,” Spooner said. “But after I got my first shift under my belt, I felt pretty good.”

Spooner skated eight shifts for 5:29 of playing time, including on the No. 2 power-play unit. On the Bruins’ first power play, he manned the point.

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Spooner and his fourth-line mates forcedSubban to take a hooking penalty on a first-period shift.

“I told them to go out there, play like they play anywhere else, and have some fun doing it,” Julien said of the young fourth line. “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Just play on your toes. They did just that. They did such a great job, they allowed us to have a power play with hard work.”

Taken with the 45th pick in the 2010 draft, he is a skilled and speedy center who can shoot as well as dish the puck.

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In Providence, Spooner had nine goals and 21 assists in 35 games.

Spooner has three goals and 11 assists in his last 12 games for Providence.

“To start the year, I was kind of unfamiliar with a bunch of things,” said Spooner. “Once I settled down, I kind of got used to everything. That made a big difference.”

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