When Ryan Spooner was called up to the Bruins on Thursday, coach Claude Julien had a decision to make. Spooner wasn’t brought up to “have popcorn and hot dogs up in the stands,” as Julien put it. He was going to play. That meant one of his forwards was going to sit — likely Jordan Caron or Carl Soderberg.
Soderberg got the call. Caron took a seat.
And, after one period, that wasn’t looking like the best decision. A Soderberg pass had led to the turnover that turned into the Ducks’ first goal, scored by Devante Smith-Pelly just 1:52 into the game. The Swede had been mostly invisible on the ice. Now he was visible, but not in a good way.
That changed at 12:45 of the second, when Spooner sent a pass up ice to Chris Kelly, who tapped it over to Soderberg. The winger went in alone on Jonas Hiller and sneaked the puck under the goalie for his first career NHL goal. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.