Morning Free Association: Stanley Cup Finals, Game Two.

Game One on Monday was such a big hit with the fans, that they held a second Stanley Cup Final game.

Pre-game stuff…
First off, it’s a good thing that NBC owns NBCSN, so they can show the Stanley Cup Finals on channel 865, rather than disrupting “American Ninja Warrior“. Yeah.

Roster-wise, Brian Rust was around during warmups, so he was not too badly concussed, it seems. Or he was hiding it, #BecauseItsTheCup. Beau Bennett gets the night off.

Matt Nieto was in for the Sharks, presumably to provide additional speed. This bumped Dainius Zubrus back to the cheap seats (or possibly to his home in the Iron Hills).

First Period

The game starts out at a fast pace, bouncing end-to-end, but it’s a couple of minutes before either team gets a shot on goal.
ping-pong cat

There are only 2 shots on goal in the first 4 minutes (one each). Then this happened:

(Note the hole in the glass above the corner board for photographer use.)

Halfway through the period, Pittsburgh manages to start getting shots on goal, but Martin Jones kept his net empty.
This, however, was pretty:

San Jose doesn’t manage to get any space when they have the puck, so Pittsburgh gets far ahead on shots. The only penalty of the period was a puck over the glass delay-of-game minor by Paul Martin.

Our guest analyst’s opinion of this period?
Thrilling
“Thrilling, exciting hockey.”

First period stats:

SJS PIT
Shots 6 11
Shot Blocking 7 4
Hits 18 14
Takeaways 2 1
Giveaways 3 5

Second Period

A lot of exciting play to start the period
oooohhh...

There are a couple of close calls, including a couple of Tomas Hertl posts.
Then Roman Polak makes a bad giveaway, and the HBK line takes it to the Sharks’ net. Nick Bonino beats his man (Polak, again) badly and slips the puck around Jones. Phil Kessel would tip the puck into the open net, but it was probably going in without that help.

Things are going swimmingly for the Sharks.


I’m not sure they’re taking this seriously.
surfing

After 40 minutes, the Penguins lead, 1-0
Second period stats:

SJS PIT
Shots 5 12
Shot Blocking 5 6
Hits 12 11
Takeaways 1 1
Giveaways 1 1

Third Period

Peter DeBoer changes up the Sharks lines for the 3rd, generating a bit more offensive pressure.
Patrick Marleau is moved down to the 3rd line with Melker Karlsson and Chris Tierney. Joel Ward moves up with Logan Couture and Joonas Donskoi. It leads to some sustained attacking zone time, and a ringing crossbar, but not a lot of shots on net.
hanging on
The Penguins, meanwhile, have forgotten how to shoot a puck, missing the net entirely for most of the period.

At least Jumbo Joe is taking things well.

With 4 minutes left, Justin Braun fires a slap shot from the point, probably off Nick Bonino’s shin, off the post, and into the goal. It’s now a tie game at 1-1.

Regulation ends on a tie game. Hooray. Except no, boooooo. This game wasn’t interesting enough to rate overtime.

Third period stats:

SJS PIT
Shots 9 6
Shot Blocking 4 4
Hits 12 10
Takeaways 2 6
Giveaways 0 2

Overtime

OT, is fairly short.
After a few opportinities for either side, the Pens draw an offensive zone faceoff. (OK, a Shark fell on the puck). Then in a set faceoff play, Sidney Crosby sends it back to Kris LeTang to Conor Sheary shoots it with a shield by Patric Hornqvist.

The Sharks look like they are in trouble now.
shark distress
The story of the night is Penguins speed and forechecking smothering the Sharks forwards. The Penguins lead the series 2-0. Now they travel to San Jose.

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Satan81
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Panthers to reveal new logo and uniforms at 7:00PM ET today:

http://panthers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=883352&navid=DL|FLA|home

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Thetallest81

well played

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I won’t be around tomorrow. I have quarterly meeting in (h)Asheville.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

That sounds painfully boring.

Satan81
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A whole day for a quarterly meeting sounds brutal.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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The quarterly meetings are better than our quarterly birthday celebrations and team building days. We always get good food catered and it’s a day I get paid to not be in the office. I don’t mind one bit.

Satan81
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Meetings kill me. It could involve whiskey-drinking goth chicks wearing hockey jerseys and I’d still fall asleep.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I do mind the two hour drive though. That ride back is brutal. A full belly after a boring meeting while driving in the warm sunshine will conk me out.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Whew! had meeting with the Mrs. I layed it all out. The salary cuts, no pay, $10,000 owed in back pay, the fact that her husband is abusive and I won’t work for him anymore.
She didn’t look surprised, but she said she’ll fix it, please don’t leave.
Hoping for the best.

Satan 81's Sister
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The salary cuts, no pay, $10,000 owed in back pay, the fact that her husband is abusive

Holy shit, dude.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Some of that sounds illegal

Satan81
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Whoa! Bonne chance!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Heading out to get some work done now. I’m going to show her what I can do.

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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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No wonder he couldn't make it in the big time

Satan81
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You’d think the scouts would have noticed this before they drafted him…

That would have made for one heck of a scouting report.

Khokhlachev is a slick puck carrier, creative passer and courageous goal scorer. He has a knack for surveying the ice, disguising his intentions and then distributing the puck to the best option. He lacks elite top-speed, struggles with changes in direction and with skating backwards in general. He is also completely incompetent at taping his own stick – are you [expletive] kidding me?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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This is a great satirical scouting report.

Satan81
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I made it by directly copying from the Hockey’s Future profile on him. I only wrote the last sentence.

Alexander Khokhlachev

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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OMG. They really used the phrase “courageous goal scorer.”

Satan 81's Sister
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What does Koko got that we don’t got?

Satan 81's Sister
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Courageous goal scorer? What the hell does that even mean?

Satan 81's Sister
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Does he fight off mountain lions before he scores a goal?

Satan81
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Morning All! I did catch the brief OT last night. That and highlights has been the extant of my SCF viewing. Meeting with the boss’ wife this morn to decide my future here. I’m not hopeful. It may be time for a new adventure. Single game tonight.
That coffee with no bourbon was a horrible idea. Bourbon with no coffee would have been much better. I might have to go to orange juice.

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Eesh. Good luck with that meeting. I’m watching a co-worker go threw a similar situation. It’s never pretty. Hope yours turns out OK.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Thanks, I’m prepared for anything. Been treated badly here the last 8 years. Ready for a change.

Satan 81's Sister
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Ugh, sorry to hear. That’s 8 years too many.

phonymahoney
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BULLET POINTS

  • Coffee.
  • As you probably know, my office is moving to Norwood in Q1 of next year. I mentioned that I may go look at a room in Somerville today and my boss looked like he was going to skin me alive, and told me I’m going in the wrong direction. Clearly, we’re at the point where we’re VERY concerned we’re going to lose good people due to the move. Oops. Scratch that off the list.
  • My aunt’s retirement party was last night. A lovely soirée!
  • Out with my work team tonight. At least a few fun people are showing up. That’s a plus.
  • My cousin really wants me to move into a different apartment with her and her girlfriend. “You’re the only roommate I want that I’m not sleeping with”. This is weird, right? Also, if people could ACT LIKE GROWNUPS, we wouldn’t be in this situation. Jerks.
  • I have watched approximately zero minutes of Stanley Cup Final hockey. Hooray! (I have actually been somewhat busy)
  • Because of the chaos that ensued yesterday with the electrical problem in the warehouse, I have to work in the other office on Friday because somebody needs to be there to get yelled at. Oh well, that’s why they pay me the big bucks, I guess. No biggie, gonna be a good time
  • READ OUR DRAFT PEOFILES, DAMN IT! smile
  • The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Living without the drama of roommates is often worth the 95% increase in the cost of living. Drinking alone is much more enjoyable now.

    carvinbass18
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  • Coffee
  • I can’t wait until I see my bosses face when I tell him I quit and am not going to Manchester. That day will be beautiful
  • Any day is a good day for a party
  • Seriously your life should be a sitcom, because I would watch it every week. This is not a pleasant situation though and I hope it gets resolved quickly
  • I watched the first 2 periods of game one, that’s it. Pens in 4 please. Just get this over with, I no longer care.
  • READ OUR DRAFT PROFILES AND TELL US WHAT YOU THINK
  • UnstableElement
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    “You’re the only roommate I want that I’m not sleeping with”. This is weird, right?

    Yes. There had to be a better way to phrase this. Also, talk about not realizing when you are part of the problem.

    Satan81
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    So…uh…you’re saying she’s looking for a roommate? Asking for a friend.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    “Other than my girlfriend, you’re the only roommate I want.” would probably suffice.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Ugh, housing situation sounds very much not so best. Haven’t watched much of the Final either. I keep getting distracted by Mookie Betts hitting ALL THE HOMERUNS!

    UnstableElement
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    SO MANY HOMERS.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    "SO X, DID YA SEE THAT HOME RUN I JUST HIT? AND THE ONE BEFORE THAT? AND THE ONE BEFORE THAT? AND THE ONE BEFORE THA pic.twitter.com/F315dxwEQh

    — Red (@SurvivingGrady) June 2, 2016

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    Good Morning!

    I’m glad it’s already Thursday. Short weeks rock sometimes.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Good luck with the interview tomorrow! You made them take notice with the razzle, now seal the deal with the dazzle!

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    Thanks! I still haven’t decided how I’m coming in late tomorrow for work. Our freezer was acting up yesterday. I think we need an “emergency repair” in the morning tomorrow that I have to be there for.

    No one needs to know my wife isn’t working tomorrow. wink

    Satan 81's Sister
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    We have a couple of doctors here. One of them can write you a note because you’re really looking pale and should take the morning off.

    UnstableElement
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    I thought about going for that cliche. But then I have to act like I slept like shit and was sick in the morning. So I came up with a plan that is realistic AND doesn’t require me to act. (I would have just used vacation time if I had more than 2 days notice)

    phonymahoney
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    Good morning, peeps!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I too play left wing. I thought both games reminded me of Games 1 and 2 from the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. One Team played well without many mistake, but the other just didn’t allow them to do anything.

    Satan81
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    Great set play by the Pens for the game-winner. Watch as Sheary curls backwards from the left wing spot off the faceoff, creating what amounts to a 3-on-2 at the top of the zone.

    Satan81
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    Oooo…and the pass was already in-flight to Sheary before he looked back to receive it. Well-practiced play.

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