Morning Free Association: December 21

The Bruins hosted the Islanders last night and the B2B crew got together to celebrate Dr. Handgrenaid’s birthday. Lots of beer plus one dubious cocktail at Boston Beer Works and off we went!

It was Dennis Seidenberg’s first game back to Boston since being bought out in the offseason. He had a heck of a run with Team Europe in the World Cup and earned himself a contract with the Islanders. During the first TV timeout in the first period, the Bruins honored him with a tribute video of his time with the B’s. The crowd honored him, as well, giving him a standing ovation.

As for the actual game… Well, it started off like this:

Ah, yes. One of thoooooooose games.

Two shots later, Carlo makes a bad pinch and the Islanders get a 2-on-1 break the other way. Thomas Hickey fires it past Tuukka and it’s 2-0. The Bruins outshoot the Islanders 19-12, but the Islanders take that 2-0 lead into the second period.

Six or so minutes into the second, the Islanders dump the puck into the trapezoid. Killer wins the footrace but Kulemin bumps him off the puck. Tuukka fails to seal the post. 3-0 Islanders. Claude’s seen enough, pulls Tuukka, and we get Dobber the rest of the way. I’m too angry to notice that the Bruins outshoot the Islanders 22-11 that period.

In the third period, finally something nice happens:

The B’s keep up with a spirited effort and four minutes later Dominic Moore tips a Captain Zadayno slapshot past Greiss and it’s 3-2. The Bruins shoot the puck some more. And shoot and shoot and shoot. Doesn’t matter. The Islanders get a power play, Anders Lee jams one home, and that’s that. 4-2 is your final. Final shots on goal: Islanders 29, Bruins 50. Frickin’ 50.

Usually when you put 50 shots on goal, you win. Usually when you put 50 shots on goal, you can claim you outplayed your opponent. Neither of these things was true last night. Ah well. The B2B crew stumbled over to The Fours and had a good time commiserating about it. Something I’m trying to remind myself is that the B’s will get a lot better once Beleskey, Pasta, and Vatrano are back in the lineup.

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