Morning Free Association, June 13

Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final was played in San Jose last night. Was it the final or penultimate game of the season?

Cuba Gooding, Jr is the best hockey fan there is. He brings an opinion and won’t let a few FCC regulations get in his way of expressing it.

Directly before the game, the NHL paid respect to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

First Period:

Dainius Zubrus trips Brian Dumoulin at 7:50. Twenty-six seconds later, Dumoulin returns the favour by scoring a power play goal.

Later in the period, Melker Karlsson takes a nasty fall into the boards and is temporarily injured. Peter DeBoer and the fans wanted a call against Olli Maata but they wouldn’t get it. Karlsson would return before the end of the period.

Penguins take a 1-0 lead into the next period.

Second Period:

Before the second period began, tribute was paid to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe.

At 6:27, Logan “Croatian Tom Cruise” Couture wrists one in on Matt Murray, who deflects it with his own pad for San Jose’s only goal of the game.

Pittsburgh answers quickly with a goal of their own 79 seconds later when Kris Letang bangs one in from the left faceoff circle.

Later in the period, Chris Kunitz‘s pass-first mentality causes him to miss an opportunity on an open net as Martin Jones was sliding to his left. At his left, was a waiting Evgeni Malkin, who received the pass from his teammate but was unable to make the play.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic disappeared for a good chunk of time in the second, for about 8 to 10 minutes. Reporters in the rink made note of it on Twitter, including one of our faves, Amalie Benjamin, but no one on the announcing crew did.

Shame on you, Doc and Eddie.

Penguins take a 2-1 lead into the Third.

Third Period:

There haven’t been many penalties in this game, in fact only one through two periods. Conor Sheary hooks Justin Braun just more than five minutes in to the period, giving the Sharks their first power play opportunity of the game. However, their highly-touted power play units fail to score. Pittsburgh is blocking so many shots this game as in previous games. In fact, the Sharks only have one shot on goal through much of the Third; they notch a second shot on goal with 10 seconds left in the game.

With under two minutes left in the game, the Sharks go empty net…which backfires when the Sharks turn over the puck and Patric Hornqvist scores.

Pittsburgh wins the Stanley Cup. The Sharks look dejected.

A chant of “Let’s Go Sharks!” bounces around the arena before the teams line up for the traditional handshakes. As they go through the formalities, the Meat Puppets “Backwater” plays somewhat appropriately in the background:

Oh, San Jose, you made a good run of it, you did.

Why the fuck did Sidney Crosby win the Conn Smythe? Wasn’t Matt Murray or Phil Kessel (or just about anyone else more deserving of it)?

Phil Kessel has the Cup.

Thankfully, sensible Sharks fans booed Gary Bettman every time he spoke during the trophy ceremony.
What was cool about the ceremony:

  • Trevor Daley, lost with a broken leg in the fourth game of the Eastern Conference Final against the Lightning, was on the ice to celebrate and receive the cup after Crosby
  • Pascal Dupuis, forced to retire early in the season due to blood clot issues, suited up one last time to be the third to skate with the cup

Anyway, the season is over! Time to start thinking about the next one…

What’s on tap?

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

My rooting for the Guins was mostly because I reffed Bonino when he was at AOF and Murray because who doesn’t love an unsung hero. I wanted a game seven for more hockey, but didn’t want the Shorks winning.
I loved the opening faceoff! Crosby and Jumbo got right into it and Thornton pretty much disappeared after that. Dude is softer than baby shit.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey All!!!! I’m MIA at MIA (Miami international airport). Came down to see Jo’s granddaughter. Had some great food and got to watch the game on a really big screen. Jo’s son in law keeps their place really cold so I’ve been wearing a fleece most of the weekend.
Great final. Incredible pace for most of it. Gotta love those five minutes stretches of action without interruption. No other sport can match that. I felt Murray should have won the Coin Smythe. I would have been fine with Phil. Crosby was a poor choice, IMO. C’mon NHL. Where’s the love?
Glad your skating, Phony!!!
I need to get back on the ice myself. Double header tomorrow. I feel the need for speed!!! Can’t wait to get back on the water, either. I need to spend the rest of my life on water and ice with a bourbon IV.
On tap is a three hour flight to Hartford and bourbon.

phonymahoney
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BULLET POINTS:

  • Happy Monday!
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  • COFFEE. x2.
  • Short a person today. The same person we’re usually short.
  • Skated til I had no ankle skin left yesterday. Actually somewhat refreshing, if not a little burney.
  • Looking at another apartment in Brighton tonight. I’ve sent like 50 emails to ads for apartments all over Greater Boston and the only two responses I’ve received have been within a block of each other. Weird, huh?
  • Found a public skate on Tuesday nights. Hopefully the sort-of date I have tomorrow at 7:00 is quick enough that I can go skate (in Brighton, which seems to be my new home?) at 8:50.
  • My friend offered to consider becoming my roommate. I may or may not be up for it. I’m not sure if I want to stay or go at this point.
  • Glad hockey is over. Let’s talk about the draft and draft moves!
  • That’s all I have right now.
  • carvinbass18
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    Good morning friends and colleagues!
    Bullet points cause that’s our style

  • A Happy anniversary to the most wonderful woman in my life. You’ve supported and loved me in all of my en-devours since we’ve become a couple, and I couldn’t be happier
  • Golden View Softball suffered it’s first lost of the season yesterday in a low scoring 10-6 game. We really Bruins’ed it up, failing to get anything going for the first 3 innings. Gotta play a full game to win
  • Going up north for our anniversary today through tomorrow. Good to get away for “the weekend”
  • Ugh Fuck off Pittsburgh. Crosby is undeserving of the Conn Smythe and that is exactly one of the 50645651693 reason’s why I hate the Penguins so so so much.
  • Being said, good for Phil. He’s a good player that gets shit on too much for really no reason. He doesn’t look fit, but is consistently faster than 90% of the players around him. Shut up about it already
  • Maybe some McDonalds for breakfast on tap. #Classy like that
  • Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Happy Anniversary!!!

    phonymahoney
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    Happy anniversary to you and Em!

    Going up north for our anniversary today through tomorrow.

    Where the hell is “up north”? You ARE up north!

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    I’m going out on a limb and guessing here, but I would presume “up north” might be north of them.

    (I’ll show myself out)

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Happy Anniversary and to many more!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Happy anniversary!!!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Happy Anniversary to you and Em! Enjoy “the weekend”!

    Satan81
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    Congrats, you two!

    As for Kessel allegedly being out of shape, he’s one of the fastest players on the ice and he hasn’t missed a game in five years. Agreed, shut up about it already.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    He still looks like the Pillsbury doughboy!

    Satan81
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    I saw these in the supermarket today so I got some:

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    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Everything about this is incredible.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Huge win last night! I am of course talking about Small Batch’s 4-2 victory over the Bucs. Since losing 7-1 in our first game, we’ve won three in a row and allowed four goals in that span. It was a chippy game, but the refs did a good job keeping us calm. I was called for tripping and a slash.

    carvinbass18
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    That’s awesome! At least the slash wasn’t a butt end lol

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Good Morning,

    Had a great weekend. Went to York Beach on Saturday and the Bunker Hill Parade on Sunday. Totally sunburned and totally worth it.

    Boo Penguins, but good for Phil.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I’m kinda pissed off, yet unsurprised that the mediots awarded Sid the Conn-Smythe. Kessel was really so good & consistent. He was their best playmaker. I’m not really a Phil Kessel fan, but fair is fair.
    I’m not even trying to downplay Crosby – he made some great plays, had long stretches where he completely dominated on the faceoff dot, and I pin that ~game 2 OT winner on him as a set play he’s done before.

    But Kessel was better. There were members of the media who were falling all over themselves to celebrate every fricking pass he made, just so they could justify him getting Conn-Smythe rather than the less inspiring Kessel.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Yeah, I’m quite surprised it was Crosby. But then again, is anyone that surprised?

    phonymahoney
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    Bunker Hill Parade

    I’m glad you still do Massachusetts things.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    My friend lives right on the parade route and was having a BBQ. With the move and stuff I haven’t seen people enough lately, so I jumped on that shit.

    I’m overdue for a day spent in the city. I’ve been down for a dinner or Sox game, but haven’t spent a lot of time lately.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Grrr…. I wanted to see the Bunker Hill parade, but I forgot. (Also, have to do yard work sometime). I know a guy who is a reenactor who was going to be in this one.

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    Boo Penguins, but good for Phil.

    My sentiments exactly

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Morning all! On tap: Not a damn thing. Took the day off from work. Heading to SatanParents later for some post-birthday fruit tart. Cold and rainy so perfect day to do nothing.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Sounds like a do nothing day to me!

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    Saw the yeti beer. How was it?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    It was good. Would definitely get it again.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Two stouts, fried avocado, a hamburger, fries, and chocolate mousse made for a very full Sis.

    carvinbass18
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    Fried avocado?

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    No thanks. I’m all set with that.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Hahaha. I think I liked it the most out of my friends. It was good but weird. I kept thinking “Wait, this seems like it should be a mozzarella stick, but it’s not.”

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Sounds yummy to me. Is it available with a bourbon batter?

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    Yeah, I’m down with not eating that whatsoever, but i need details on how

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Cut into strips, breaded, then fried. Interesting mix of crunchy and creamy.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
    Member

    MEAT PUPPETS!

    Satan81
    Admin

    Yay! We didn’t lose the Thornton trade all over again!

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    I don’t know if I would have had it in me to deal with that all over again.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
    Admin

    See! We lost the Kessel trade!/s cheese

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    But we won a cup w/ Seguin so that means we won the Kessel trade. But then we traded Seguin and didn’t win won without him so we lost it again? I can’t follow the #HOTTAEKS when they’re this hot

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