Spooner Continues to Impress

By Matthew Blittner
Special Contributor to MSGNetworks.com

No matter what, this rivalry never gets old. And with an influx of new talent, it will continue to evolve.

In the Rangers 5-2 loss to the Devils Tuesday night at Prudential Center, Ryan Spooner — one of the “new guys” in the rivalry — was responsible for giving New York’s offense some life.

Throughout the game, Spooner consistently created space for himself and his linemates (Jimmy Vesey and Filip Chytil).

And with 17:47 gone in the first period, Ryan got the Seventh Avenue Skaters on the board.

The play started when Chytil skillfully carried the puck through the neutral; feeding Vesey with a perfect tape-to-tape pass.

Then Vesey continued the sequence by sending a beautiful pass towards Keith Kinkaid’s net.

Spooner was streaking down the middle of the ice and stuck his stick out to artfully redirect the puck past Kinkaid; bringing New York within 3-1.

BREAKDOWN OF SPOONER’S PERFORMANCE

1) CARRYING THE LOAD

Spooner saw 7:14 of ice time in the opening period; second amongst all forwards on the team. And his 17:44 of total ice time was fourth amongst all forwards on the team. Therefore, it’s no coincidence he was in the right place at the right time when he redirected Vesey’s pass for the team’s first goal. After all, you have to be on the ice to score goals.

2) POINTS MACHINE

Since being acquired from Boston on February 25, Ryan is tied for the team lead in assists (12) and points (16). It looks like Rockin’ Ryan had no issue adapting to the Rangers system.

3) SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!

Spooner registered three shots on goal; tying Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei for the team lead. On a night when the Blueshirts were held to just 24 shots, every single one matters. And it was Ryan’s ability to put the puck on net that helped generate the Rangers scoring chances.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I can’t believe it’s going to be at least another six months before these teams face each other again. That’s far too long.

Even with the lopsided score, the crowd was electric throughout the game.