Morning Free Association: Stanley Cup Final Game One Edition

Its starting. The last NHL series of 2015-16.

This is for all the marbles. And hard candy. Because that’s what’s inside the Stanley Cup. (It’s not talked about a lot)

Pregame drama

Also, Gary Bettman spoke about the Olympics & NHL Expansion.

The rosters and lineups appear to be as expected. Penguin Trevor Daley is an extreme long shot to play at any point in this series, and Pascal Dupuis had essentially retired some time ago. The Sharks have no injuries of note.

First Period:

The period starts out with a fair amount of back and forth skating, but the shots are not really coming. A high-sticking penalty by Dainius Zubrus (Cousin of Thorinus Zoakenshield) puts the Penguins on the first power play of the game. They don’t score, but they do get 4 shots on goal in the 2 minutes, and start to press more consistently.

There was a little consternation among the sports journalists that Brent Burns is not on the bench for a bit, but I assume he merely had to run out to turn down the flame on his moonshine still, since he reappeared promptly.

Now, the Penguins are attacking with speed and are giving the Sharks defence all sorts of trouble. The Pens are able to gain separation and enter the offensive zone with three+ attackers on multiple occasions. This results in 2 goals, one minute apart.

First, Bryan Rust snags a mishandled bounce from a Justin Schultz shot attempt, and puts it into a wide open net.

Then Sidney Crosby makes a nice pass to Conor Sheary, who goes top-corner on Martin Jones, whose view is obscured by Patric Hornqvuist.

After 20 minutes, it’s 2-0 Penguins, with Pens leading SOG by 15-4, hits are fairly even at 17-16, San Jose. Each team has blocked 7 shots, San Jose has 2 takeaways to Pittsburgh’s 1. Giveaways are reversed, 1-2.

Second Period:

It had been looking like the flightless birds would easily waddle away with this game. But the Sharks move their skates a little better and an Ian Cole hooking penalty results in a power play for the Sharks. Tomas Hertl bangs a pass through Matt Murray, five-hole. It’s now 2-1.

The ice seems to be tilted in San Jose’s direction this period, as they are now dominating with 8 SOG to Pittsburgh’s 1 in the first 6 minutes of the period. Eventually, the Penguins begin to get their feet underneath them. But not enough to prevent this sweet wraparound score by Patrick Marleau.

A bit of chippiness occurs toward the end of the period with Joe Thornton and Evgeni Malkin performing some cross-checking and shoving. They would receive offsetting penalties.

The Sharks have tied it at 2-2, with 13 SOG in the period to Pittsburgh’s 8.
Hits were even SJS 10 – Pit 10
Takeaways SJS 0 Pit 4
Giveaways SJS 3 PIT 4
Shot Blocking SJS 4 PIT 10

Third Period:

The Third Period is a bit more even early on. Bryan Rust gets clipped in the head by Marleau, who gets 2 minutes for an illegal check to the head. Several people are calling for supplemental discipline. I just don’t see it.


Rust would skate reduced minutes in the Third.

The teams are trading chances now. At one point, Tomas Hertl creates some chances in front of Matt Murray, who scuttles out of his net like a hermit crab and squelches it.

The Penguins get several great scoring opportunities, but cannot finish them until this Nick Bonino goal.

Almost immediately, Ben Lovejoy hugs an opposing puck carrier (Marleau) while skating toward a man wearing stripes. Go ahead, kill that momentum. (Zoological note – I hear that stuff like this is why penguins lost the power of flight.) The Sharks would go empty net for a 6-on-4, but the Penguins would survive the onslaught.

Third Period shots were tilted 18-9 in favor of the birds, blocked shots 4-4, hits 10-9, Pitt.

Penguins win, 3-2, taking a 1-0 series lead.
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Wow! Did I not post this morning? Oh well. Very busy. Getting ready for a show down with the boss’ wife tomorrow. I have to get her to pay me instead of her lyin’ ass scumbag, lawyer (sorry for being redundancy [lyin’ ass scumbag = lawyer]). She’s been sheltered from the truth for too long.
Fantastic weekend rafting and kayaking the Lower Yough in Western PA. So much fun, so many laughs. Plus, my first class IV river in a kayak. Scared the shit out of me, but I made it.
Anyway, was busy yesterday cleaning up all our gear and chillin’ with Jo, who took an extra day off. Yay! After tomorrow I will either be off everyday or super busy.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning All!

Great weekend! Paddled my first class IV in a kayak. I was scared shitless the whole time, but had a blast and survived. Also rafted the Lower Yough twice. Jo rafted only. We had my brother and his mate with us. They got the crap beat out of them and loved every minute of it.
Rooting for Kessel over Jumbo. Phil reminds me of Mark Howard, Ron Howard’s brother. The short, dumpy, balding guy. He’s still fast as hell somehow and that shot!
Anyway, coffee, no bourbon this morning. Trying something new. Yuck.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

oh, so i did post… losing my mind here.

Satan 81's Sister
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Accurate picture of me at work today:

phonymahoney
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Good morning, peeps!

How’s it hanging?

  • Coffee on tap. Midway through cup number two. Who does Number Two work for?
  • I have been incredibly flaky lately; just ask my pals who are working on draft profiles with me… or without me, haahhaha. (SORRY GUYS.)
  • Been super busy. There may or may not be a light at the end of the tunnel soon. At worst, it comes June 30.
  • Made it to three public skates this weekend. Re-sharpened w/a 3/4″ hollow. Helped a lot, I’m not getting too much bite to stop now, which is a huge plus.
  • That said, I WONT be ready for the June 7 clinic I hoped to join as I still need to break my feet in (my skates are fine, my foot muscles are screaming after ten minutes and I have to run to the lobby and tear my skates off). I’m thinking I can keep skating all summer and be ready to play in the fall.
  • I kinda am leaning toward the Pens because I’m sick of Brent Burns. Also sick of being told that I’m supposed to be cheering for Jumbo… and the Sharks really screwed my hopes for two decent first rounders.
  • But, the Penguins are still the Penguins, which means I want them to lose, but I don’t know. I really enjoy Kessel’s awkwardness and his sturdiness… but I want to punch him as well. Can both teams lose?
  • Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Who does Number Two work for?

    That’s right, pal. You tell that turd who’s boss!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Who does Number Two work for?

    I am not a number, I’m a free man!

    I really enjoy Kessel’s awkwardness and his sturdiness… but I want to punch him as well.

    This is why you are so best. “I like him, but I want to punch him in the face at the same time.”

    phonymahoney
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    I AM so best! This is why you missed me!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Tell your work you need to slack of more!

    phonymahoney
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    I DOOOOOOO need that!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    “Hey Cauliflower, I’m going to need to lighten my workload so I can hang out with my internet friends. Cool? Thanks.”

    phonymahoney
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    He’d probably go for that. A few weeks ago, he gave me Sox tickets for last Thursday. When I thanked him before leaving Thursday, he wouldn’t let me go until he dug beer money out of his pocket ($35). So cute.

    Satan81
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  • I had a long weekend last weekend, so I made a spur of the moment trip to Strasbourg, France. Had a great time there – lots of good food, good beer, cute old world neighborhoods, good sightseeing. If you’ve ever been to Brugge, Belgium, you’d really like Strasbourg. Even if you’ve never been to Brugge, you’d really like Strasbourg.
  • I took a train from there to Colmar, which was also super quaint and old world and adorable. As I mentioned in the MFA yesterday, there’s the Bartholdi Museum – the sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty. I also bought an éclair and cheese, ’cause it’s France.
  • From Colmar, I took a bus to the famous “French” village of Eguisheim in the heart of the Alsace wine region. I tried the famous “French” wines like Riesling and Gewürtztraminner, made by famous “French” families like Beyer and Schöpper and Herzog. (The area has changed hands numerous times over the centuries.)
  • Vin jaune is my new favorite thing. (But it’s from Jura, not Alsace.)
  • Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    So Cool! you’ve got to give me some travel tips. I’m going to chamonix this weekend. And Prague and Sternback the next weekend. It can be hard to pick where to go and then find the cheapest way

    Satan81
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    You’re in Rome, right? I highly recommend Ljubljana, Slovenia. Gorgeous city, great place for a romantic weekend. You’ll have to ignore the fact that Venice is in between you and Ljubljana, or make it a two-city trip.

    You’re gonna love Prague!

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    Turin (Torino in Italian, had the 2006 winter games here) right by the Alps. I want to see so many things in Prague. Museum of bones, biggest castle in Europe…etc. Ljubjana? Im writing it down, thank you. I hear Slovenia and Croatia are the most beautiful countries in Europe, Sadly Kutna Hora seems unlikely. I dont have a car, and Im on a budget (lots of hostels rather than hotels) so transportation is tough, I usually plan a trip on city at a time. Other than Athens and the Delphi theater which you can take a bus from Athens to and from

    Satan81
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    Speaking of Prague, are you going to make the side trip to Kutna Hora?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Anyone else ready to throttle IW for getting The Final Countdown stuck in their heads? middlefinger smile

    Satan81
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    DIDI DOO DOO
    DIDI DOOTDOOT DOO
    DIDI DOO DOO
    DIDI DOOTDOOTDOOT DOOTDOO

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    I’ll admit I chuckled at this.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Nope. I hate that song so much that I think my brain has created a self-defense mechanism to keep it out.

    carvinbass18
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    I didn’t even click on it and it’s been stuck in my head

    Satan81
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    Ooo my draft preview of Taylor Raddysh just automagicaly got posted to the site:

    B2B’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft Preview: Pick 37 – Taylor Raddysh

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I like that his last name is a vegetable.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    A vegetable as spelled by George RR Martin

    Satan81
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    “Pumpkin season is coming.”

    phonymahoney
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    Pumpkyn*

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Henceforth, all vygytyblys shall be spelled with a y. Cycymbyr is my favorite vygytybly.

    phonymahoney
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    Dying.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    It is. I planted a pumpkin plant this weekend.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    DrHandgrenaid
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    This being a preamble to Decorative Gourd Season (Motherfuckers)

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Yesterday Dr. Medievalist wrote the following and I second this. That is a perfect description. The Gaitlinburg-Sevierville town line is the epicenter for such activity.

    took us to a place called Sevierville. Sevierville is a place that defies description (I’m sure BagelBruin can back me up on this). There are arcades, elevated gokart tracks, random safari rides, dinner theaters, upside down buildings, monster truck rides, and more lining the streets. It’s like redneck Disneyland.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    Gatlinburg is also where Dollywood is, is it not?

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Correct. Have you ever been to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls? Imagine two entire cities like that.

    DrHandgrenaid
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    egh

    carvinbass18
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    Good morning folks. Please check out the B2B draft profiles and let us know what you think of the players & whatnot.

    Had a great vacation. Much needed time off away from the crazy that is my workplace (which some how got crazier while I was gone). Looking forward to the draft as far as hockey goes. Excited yet nervous on what Sweeney and the gang will do next.

    Mediocre coffee, water and sweating like a madman from having to wear actual pants for the first time in 10 days on tap today.

    wpDiscuz