Morning Free Association, November 2

The Bruins played the Panthers last night, and came out of it with a 2-1 victory.

The biggest story of the game?
Tuukka Rask – he made 33 of 34 saves, for a .971 save percentage and looked good doing it.

As for opposing goaltender Roberto Luongo?
Pump My Tires

He looked pretty ordinary. Particularly when he had to defend a Brad Marchand penalty shot.


Filth.
Pure, beautiful, beautiful filth.

But the Bruins tossed the puck around pretty freely, especially in the 1st period, allowing everyone from both teams to have the puck.

(update: I’m being told that passing the puck to your opponent is bad. That doesn’t seem fair.)

Also? Fights.
Jimmy Hayes and Adam McQuaid (sticking up for Torey Krug) both got into fights. That’s right, Jimmy Hayes dropped the gloves! And he threw a punch!

one
punch.

(update: I’m being told that it is usually considered good strategy to throw multiple punches in a hockey fight.)

The Bruins often get screwed with penalty assessments, but last night, they gave out 7 penalty kills, and they pretty much deserved each one. Honestly though, the power play has been not just unhelpful but actually a liability, so that perversely turned out to be a good thing.

But, we had some genuine good signs.
Patrice Bergeron played in spite of a scare that he would be unable to due to a post-practice injury.
The Bruins were the stronger team during that period which will remain unnamed.

David Krejci was hardly flawless, but he was skating well and his line was generating offensive pressure.

A win is a win. But the Bruins have a lot of work to do. Fortunately at least David Pastrnak should be back for the next game.

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Julien: "Backes is starting to skate today. He was cleared yesterday, so everybody’s on track right now & heading in the right direction."

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 2, 2016

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Good news

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Yeah, I’m looking forward to seeing where this team is really at when the gang’s all together.

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I assume that’s why Heinen got sent back down. It’ll be good to have all the Davids back. If we put them all on the same line, with Chara-Carlo on D, we could have Daivds up front & Goliaths on the blueline.

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Rask, Bergeron, Marchand, Krejci, Chara and Liles were given the day off today.

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 2, 2016

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Practice groups:
White: Czarnik-Spooner-Pastrnak
Gray: Beleskey-Nash-Hayes
Merlot: Schaller-Moore-Acciari-Kuraly

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 2, 2016

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Defensemen: McQuaid, Krug, Miller, Morrow, Carlo

Goalie: McIntyre

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 2, 2016

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#NHLBruins assign forward Danton Heinen to Providence: https://t.co/BdyA8CHlT5 pic.twitter.com/ocaJLhpJsr

— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 2, 2016

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Are we playing Hangman now?

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maybe that was g as in “gee wilickers”

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It was g as in “I’m lying on the couch trying to type with my clunky old laptop on my chest.”

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So Hayes is next when Backes returns? RIght? RIGHT?

Satan81
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I’d assume Kuraly.

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Wishful thinking. Hayes would have to clear waivers to be sent down. But he should be nacho-duty eligible.

Satan81
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So…we could just make him go away entirely?

MadScientist72
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Banish him to the 9th floor, maybe. But I’d say the odds are slim that anyone would grab him off the waiver wire, with the way he’s been playing.

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In which case, assign him to Providence!

Satan81
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Or at least get him off of Beleskey’s line.

MadScientist72
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Like I said, nacho-duty (aka healthy scratch).

Satan81
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Promote Moore to the 3rd line and put Hayes on the 4th line?

imbiginjapan
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Not sure I’d want to risk that fourth line chemistry.

MadScientist72
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I agree.This is the best 4th line we’ve had in a long time. At least since the Thornton-Campbell-Paille Merlot Line’s prime.

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Problems with that way of thinking:

– If a player on the fourth line is playing really well, they can’t be promoted to a better line with more ice time.

– If a player on a better line is performing poorly, you’re taking away the option of demoting them. That means they either stay on that line, serve nachos, or go to Providence.

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We’ve already had so many injuries and line shuffling that it’s nice to have one line that is “overperforming” and has chemistry. I think it’s too early to shift the parts of the 4th line unless you’re flipping the bottom two lines TOI. That being said, we know what Jimmy Hayes is and he needs some kind of demotion.

Satan81
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The fourth line can’t be untouchable.

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True, but until we get Pasta & Backes back & give them a few games for those top 2 lines to gel again, I don’t think we should mess with the one line we’ve got that’s shown consistent chemistry.

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Thing is, that pre-supposes that the players on the fourth line can’t find the same chemistry with other players on the team.

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Not at all. I’m just saying we should wait until the top 6 have their legs completely under them again before we go tinkering with the bottom 6. I think the 4th line guys could find chemistry with other guys on the team. (I’m significantly less confident of Hayes finding chemistry anywhere at this point.) But it would take time, which means that for a while we’d have all 4 lines trying to develop chemistry.

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Bit of ex-Bruins in Europe news:

Max Talbot has been named to Team Canada’s roster for the upcoming Deutschland Cup.

Nick Svedberg made the KHL’s top-ten Saves of the Week list with this beauty:

https://twitter.com/khl_eng/status/793847136333037570

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Where is everybody?

Are you dead because it’s El Dia De Los Muertos?
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Or maybe just busy driving your cab to make more moneys to buy more… uh, calcium?
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Perhaps you’re busy frolicking while looking for teeth under pillows?
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Busy campaigning, I guess?
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Possibly cleaning up someone else’s mess?
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I’ve been trying to make up for losing 10 hours between yesterday & today over that beam problem.

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NO BUENO

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I think i’ve caught up though!

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I went to grab lunch. BLT and cheddar horseradish chip because oh so healthy I’m being today.

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Update: BLT was very satisfying.

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Just been on a snack forage. Picked up a bottle of Yop, big bag of Revels, 3 bottles of Askania Malt and a family-size box of Cadbury Fingers (donated to colleagues). All of which was half price!

Not sure if you know what any of that stuff is grin

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I knew, and have had, Yop. Everything else just got googled.

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I just got out of bed.

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While I’m all for making America dead again, I was actually out walking all the dogs today.

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An adorable coworker of mine asked me if Looch “got transferred”. “They sent him out to the LA office, but he gave them his resignation and went to Edmonton,” I told her.

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Morning all. My carpool is late. :/

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You should move into your office.

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Denis Potvin on Zdeno Chara "He told me he wants to continue playing after his contract expires. Looks at Jagr as inspiration."

— Dominic Tiano (@dominictiano) November 2, 2016

I…. I don’t know how I feel about this

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Uh, erm, yeah. Jagr is a freak of nature. I love you, Chara, but please bow out gracefully when the time comes.

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if he takes money friendly deals ( 2 to 3 mil tops for single years) maybe I can deal with it. That means for SURE moving on from McQuaid (should already be done) and K Miller.

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I think Chara could be fine playing fewer minutes as a bottom pairing in his 40’s. The wear and tear is what worries me, and a more secondary role would reduce that a lot.

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yeah ive been preaching this for 3 years now….sadly the team has gotten worse D than better to allow to limit his mins. I understand the need to keep him playing top min when you have no one else….but if your goal is to make the play offs it isnt going to do you any good if you make it and they player has no juice left in him to compete when it matters most.

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Screwed if you do, screwed if you don’t

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If you’ve got a spare 20 minutes this is well worth a watch. You might have to manually turn on subtitles.

Jagr’s training method. His longevity is partly nature, but he works bloody hard, too!:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVXwKGMN6Cc

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Excellent stuff. I know he didn’t put up the numbers in Black n’ Gold, but I really wish he’d been given a full season.

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True story: I don’t have season tickets (10 games now, but had only a handful back then), but was present for every (okay, all two) Jagr goal as a Bruin.

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Awesome! The one where it bounced off his skate and in against the Devils :-D. I think that was his first game for us? Hoped it would be the first of many… alas.

The fans gave him a rousing welcome when he started his first shift as I recall. That must’ve been something to be in that crowd.

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It was his first game. We brought Jager shots from the office and enjoyed them with our Jagr salute celly.

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i think it was last year when i watched a two part training video of his…..all i can say is….insane.

The London Bear
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Hullo people,

Probably fair to say the Bs didn’t deserve to win that one on the whole, but two important points against a division rival, so we’ll take that.

Our powerplay was bad, but somehow still better than FLA’s. In the second half of thet 4-minuter Spoons mis-timed one of his knee-slide one-timers which would definitely have gone in had he struck it sweetly. And on the same PP Krejci couldn’t have got any closer to scoring.

The kids looked pretty decent, particularly Czar.

Fourth line FTW.

Tampa destroyed the Isles last night, so maybe they’ll be overly confident tomorrow #positivethinking.

It was a mixed night for my Fantasy goalies. Shutout for Gibson, Greiss with a GAA of 13.2!!! Oh well…

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The Boston power play is desperately awful, but my theory continues to hold that they can only have two of good goaltending, good PK or good PP. Right now Tuukka’s insane goaltending mojo is directly sucking what juice was left in the power play. So maybe we don’t mess with the balance too much…

The London Bear
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my theory continues to hold

It certainly does!

And yeah, I’d rather have a solid PK and goaltending than a deadly PP

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It’s 2011 first round bad right now. WE NEED KABERLE!!!

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nobody needs Kaberle

the german hammer
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Not even his mom needs him to do chores.

imbiginjapan
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I’m sure his wife and child are very fond of him.

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They’d do just fine without him. wink

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Your theory seems to be correct. Honestly, if they keep winning, I don’t care what the PP looks like.

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hell…they won a cup with like the worst pp of all time.

phonymahoney
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precisely

carvinbass18
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Tuukka absolutely stole that game last night.

Holy shit did Tampa roll over the Isles for sure!

phonymahoney
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Tuukka kept them in it for sure. They didn’t deserve to come out of the first with a lead.

I’m not afraid of Tampa.

Also, I miss David #2 and David #3.

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Other David will be back this next game. Also David will be out until he’s damn good and ready to come back. You don’t mess with elbows!

phonymahoney
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No, no, no, you don’t mess with Texas.

the german hammer
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Shit, man, I mess with Texas all the damn day.

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♫I’ve been messin’ with Texas,
I’ve been messin’ with Texas,
I’ve been messin’ with Texas,
All the live-long day!♫

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Nor do you tug on Superman’s cape

the german hammer
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the german hammer

Better not spit in the wind.

phonymahoney
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Good advice:
Don’t pull the mask of the ol’ lone ranger

the german hammer
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And don’t mess around with Jim.

Good ol’ Jim Croce. He’s dead, are you happy about that?

phonymahoney
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Since ’twas I who killed him, yes. Yes, I am.

MadScientist72
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Nuh-uh! It was Willie “Slim” McCoy.

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THE STARS AT NIGHT
SHINE BIG AND BRIGHT
CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP
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DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

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Satan 81's Sister

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BEST

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My most favorite movie.

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Because what else would be, really?
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I’ve never seen it.

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Where is everyone?

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Whatever

imbiginjapan
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Hello!

AUGH WHY DO ALL MY GIFS BREAK ON THIS SITE???? WHY????

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imbiginjapan
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I guess if it’s not on giphy it’s a crap shoot.

phonymahoney
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GOOD MORNING!

What are you doing with them? Like, how are you posting them?

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THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA!

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it was so epically horrible….but there were like five scenes that i laughed my ass off at and this was one of them.

the german hammer
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It’s meant to be horrible and that’s what is great about. They did a sequel (which I own and still haven’t seen because I was waiting…) and some other parodies that are really fun.

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yeah, i thought they released like a box set or something…cant remember.

oh well.

http://37.media.tumblr.com/bebca7b95385aa1b2a1b8bf2c0c79b11/tumblr_n12po1ywn81trty0oo1_400.gif

the german hammer
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Dunno. We bought each separately. We were early adopters on TLSOC.

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Just finished completing alignments, you?

phonymahoney
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Just shook the workhusband off so I could do some work without him.

carvinbass18
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like this?

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Yes. I sent him gliding down the hallway whilst I typed furiously.

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phonymahoney
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Also, RECCH for skating Peggy!

carvinbass18
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I really need to go back to watching this show

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Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off ~ Taylor Swift

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Good morning, hockey pals!

  • That’s a nice picture of brick wall Tuukka Rask.
  • I remembered to make lunch for the rest of the week before I fell asleep last night. It’s the small victories.
  • Where is my coffee?
  • Happy Dia De Los Muertos!
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  • Last night before I left the office, I was having a beer with my boss and was informed that I’m taking over a third department soon. Mind you, I haven’t taken over the second one yet. These people have much more confidence in me than I do, I guess.
  • Where is my coffee?
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    The London Bear
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    Good morning.

    informed that I’m taking over a third department soon.

    I trust that comes with a suitable pay rise?

    phonymahoney
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    I told them they’d better be moving a decimal point. Jokingly, my boss said, “Yeah, to the left”. We’re 3-4 months out, so it isn’t happening yet and a lot could change. My office is moving, so a lot of stuff is kinda floating around and waiting to happen until then.

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    Let phony’s reign of terror begin!

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    I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your perfect usage of the Mola Ram gif.

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    I knew you’d appreciate it.

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    Seriously, I love this movie so much.

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