Morning Free Association: January 3

Raise your hand if you thought the Bruins would win this game, if you believed that they wouldn’t play down to a lesser team on the road. There was no reason to believe otherwise. However New Jersey, basement dwellers in the Metropolitan who sank after a good start to the season and winners of 2 of their last 10 games, came out ready to play.

First:

The Devils draw first blood when P.A. Parenteau scored just over four minutes into the game.

The first penalties of the game come when Colin Miller, yes Chiller, took exception to a hit that Miles Wood made and fought him.

Since Miller had an additional roughing penalty called on him, Anton Blidh joined him in the box. Within a minute, Adam McQuaid, feeling left out of the festivities, was called for a double minor for high-sticking. Here’s what the penalty box looked like:

Look how proud he is!

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand both got their sticks the puck, ganging up on Cory Schneider with seconds left in the first period. It appeared that the puck crossed the line. After review, it was ruled No Goal. The Devils would take the one-goal lead into the second period.

Second:

Not much happened in the second: one penalty, no goals.

Oh, wait, this scary sequence happened:

Patrice Bergeron got caught in some friendly fire by Brandon Carlo. He would come back out for the next shift but it didn’t seem that would be the case the way he got off the ice.

Third:

Things unfolded quickly in the third when the Devils scored another goal, this time by Sergey Kalinin.

Boston couldn’t get anything going in this game. Eventually, after Tuukka skated off the ice and a Bruins player turned over the puck in the neutral zone, the Devils scored on an empty net with virtually no resistance. Yes, the game was lost in the 58 minutes prior, but the team just gave up ugly.

Ugh.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Relegation for the Boston Bs, Providence is NHL bound!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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I’m 0 for 10 in writing 2017.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

The Providence Bruins have been dominating the AHL since late November. That’s nice.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72
imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I dunno what is going on, but they have gone 13-1-2 since Thanksgiving week. I thought it worth mentioning.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

They have also not lost two regulation games in a row since 11/4.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Hey everyone, what an ugly game…my sister was at it….i blame her for the loss (not the fact the team plays down to the level of bad teams).

3 days till closing….trying to choose paint colors….why…so..many…colors.

Hope everyone had a fun new years!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Oh Shit! Just watched Chiller’s fight. I would have loved to hear the chirps after Wood celebrated getting his own ass kicked.

phonymahoney
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He was so happy with himself when he was in the box.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I can’t blame Claude. Having said that, Who knows what a different voice could do? I stand with Claude!

Satan 81's Sister
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Went to bed at 8:30 last night so I didn’t catch much of the game. Sounds like I made the right decision.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

I didn’t tune in until the 3rd period & I wish I’d skipped it entirely!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Game was a stinker!

Satan 81's Sister
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My Twitter feed was quite depressing when I scrolled through it this morning.

phonymahoney
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Morning, pals!

  • Still a little under the weather. Getting better. I think.
  • Contemplating whether I should start hockey on 1/15 or take more skating lessons, or do both.
  • I can’t help but wonder if a coaching change is needed. I LOVE Claude Julien and I DON’T think there’s anyone as good or better out there at the moment, but perhaps it’s time for a change?
  • I just don’t understand why we can’t play 60 minutes, and why we can’t play defense AND score goals in the same game. What is the issue here?
  • UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    I can’t help but wonder if a coaching change is needed. I LOVE Claude Julien and I DON’T think there’s anyone as good or better out there at the moment, but perhaps it’s time for a change?
    I just don’t understand why we can’t play 60 minutes, and why we can’t play defense AND score goals in the same game. What is the issue here?

    I can’t help but think the same thing and am starting to wonder if the two bullet points are linked. I love Claude, too, but I feel like we’ve been having this issue for years with several different team combinations.

    In fairness, though, there’s also been a certain amount of poor front office work going on during this time, too. So I don’t know?

    phonymahoney
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    I agree, Claude has been put through a lot, due to moves the front office has (or hasn’t) made, but he’s been coaching the team for the better part of a decade, and sometimes you just need a change. I don’t see the change being made in personnel, with the expansion draft coming and all the GMs sitting on their hands. I don’t know.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    The only good reason I can see to suggest a coaching change would be the fac5tt that the team comes out flat when they shouldn’t. Last night they were dragging their asses in the 3rd right from the start with a 2 goal deficit. That should never happen.
    I think Backes’ influence in the locker room helped reduce that. I don’t think the quiet leadership of Bergy/Chara/Krecji can do much about it.
    I don’t think Oflodnap and the Sac can do much about that either.
    Marchy & Krug & Claude need to step up.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    I don’t think the quiet leadership of Bergy/Chara/Krecji can do much about it.

    They need someone to step up to fill that vocal leader role, Shawn Thornton-style.

    Also, maybe a line-juggle is in order? Pasta hasn’t scored in 7 games now, so how abut reuniting the Czech-Davids & moving Frankie V to the Bergy line?

    phonymahoney
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    I don’t have any issue with Claude himself, I just feel like something’s got to give, you know?

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    I think its just time. He is not bad, just stale. This team has gotten too comfortable under him and i agree that though there may not be anyone better, it may be time to pull a pittsburgh and see what happens.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    I’m already done with today. Can I go back to bed?

    That game was shit.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I hear you about already being done with the day. Accurate gif of me at work today:

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81
    Satan 81's Sister
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