BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Bruins sent a message to forward Ryan Spooner when they released him from training camp Wednesday and sent him to Providence of the AHL. Spooner had been criticized by Bruins coach Claude Julien for not taking advantage of his opportunity earlier in camp to earn one of the four open spots at forward.
But after only one day with the P-Bruins, the Bruins recalled Spooner for Friday’s preseason game against the New York Islanders in Bridgeport, Conn., and the young player responded with a pair of goals and one assist to help Boston to a 6-1 win.
Goalie Malcolm Subban played the entire game for the Bruins and finished with 32 saves.
Bruins No. 1 pick David Pastrnak made his preseason debut, after missing the majority of camp with a left shoulder injury. He played right wing, with Alex Khokhlachev in the middle and Daniel Paille on the left side. In his first game against NHL players, Pastrnak -- who improved as the game progressed -- registered the secondary assist on a third-period goal by Paille.
Spooner, a center by trade, played left wing, with Chris Kelly in the middle and Griffith on the right side. Florek was on the left side, with Craig Cunningham at center and Jordan Caron on the right.
In the first period, Spooner missed a pair of quality scoring chances, but finally notched a goal to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 14:22.
Before being sent to Providence, Griffith impressed during camp and he continued that on Friday. The second-year pro finished off a 2-on-1 with Kelly to give Boston a 3-1 lead at 6:39 of the second period. Spooner assisted on the goal.
In the third period, Spooner scored his second goal of the night, a power-play tally, at 4:24. He received the puck at the top of the crease and made a nice move on Islanders goalie Chad Johnson for the goal.
Spooner nearly registered the hat trick on his next shift, but Johnson made the stop on the short side.
* Forward Reilly Smith and defenseman Torey Krug made their preseason debut Friday and both showed no ill effects from missing the first 11 days of training camp. Both signed one-year deals Monday worth $1.4 million each, but neither played in Tuesday’s preseason game against the Islanders at TD Garden. Smith played on the right side, with Carl Soderberg in the middle and Milan Lucic on the left wing. Smith was physical, used his speed, and scored Boston’s sixth goal of the game. Krug was pretty much the same. It must be nice to be 23 years old.
* Kevan Miller showcased his physical style, connecting on a few teeth-shattering checks, but in the second period he was penalized and ejected for boarding at 11:48. Miller buried the Islanders’ Brock Nelson. A scrum ensued when New York’s John Tavares grabbed Miller, who was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
* The Bruins’ Chris Breen and the Islanders Ross Johnson dropped the gloves at 4:56 of the third period. Breen connected on a few shots and Johnston exited the ice, leaving a trail of blood. A few minutes later, the Islanders’ Brett Gallant dropped the gloves with the Bruins’ Jordan Caron, but it wasn’t more than a tussle.
* Defenseman David Warsofsky traveled with the team but was a healthy scratch.