Morning Free Association: January 9

This was a stormy weekend across America.

Frozen Fenway was yesterday
It was miserably cold, and I didn’t go, but after delaying it once already (due to a winter storm), they played it anyway.


Bruins prospects Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Charlie McAvoy combined for three goals!
It appears that the future is bright.

Here’s an AHL game that should have been cancelled:
(I believe this was the Ontario Reign @Bakersfield Condors.)


Jinkies!! Like that’s enough of that!
Run away from that!

Boston was not the only place with snow — A State of emergency in Carolina shut down many roads and businesses in Raleigh


Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.

Why do we care about snow 800 miles from our usual stomping grounds?
Because the Bruins played the Carolina Hurricanes yesterday!
The Bruins started Zane McIntyre in goal after calling him up from Providence earlier in the week.
Also coming back: Defenseman John-Michael Liles was back in the lineup, after his extended concussion-related absence, paired with Kevan Miller. Chiller was on nacho duty.

After 13 minutes, Dr Tim Schaller broke the (proverbial not actual) ice with the first goal (his 6th of the season).


The Bruins go into the break, leading 1-0. @ZanoInsano has stopped 13 of 13 shots.

Second Period
The Bruins came out ‘strong’ in the second period


…with lots of falling down.
In one fateful sequence, Zdeno Chara falls down, allowing a breakaway that leads to Carolina’s first goal
Zane made the first save but Sebastian Aho gets the rebound, and keeps it away from Chara and his teammate puts it into the net.
The Bruins would challenge: Waaaaahhhh goaltender interference


No joy.
Canes have tied it up.

Not to be one-upped, Adam McQuaid would also provide a scoring opportunity for the other guys.

Then Torey Krug falls down a couple of times, allowing a couple of Jordan Staal breakaways on Zane (during what is supposed to be a Bruins power play), which he handled well

The period ends with the Canes leading by 1 goal.
Boooooo.

Third Period
The third period was fairly eventful, starting with… A Backes-hand goal!


Ok, it was a regular forehand shot, but David Backes still tied up, 2-2!
Unfortunately, this would not last too long.


*Sigh*. Canes up, 3-2.
But really that is ok, because the Bruins have…
Brad Marchand!


Tie game, 3-3!

This tie would last into the end of regulation, gaining at least 1 point for both teams.

Overtime
Marchand looked great early in the 3rd, but ran out of steam. In fact, in OT, both Marchand & Krug looked slow and exhausted. Bergeron made an impressive net drive, and got a shot off, which Cam Ward saved, but Marchand was way out of position to play the rebound, heading behind the goal line, rather than the opposite side of the crease.
The puck came back to the Bruins defensive zone, and the Bruins took it back, but David Krejci gave it away during a line change. When the puck came back, Liles got the puck behind Zane’s net, but made a bad pass towards David Krejci, who could not reel it in at the blue line.
This was a death knell for the Bruins hope of coming out of this game with 2 points.’

Canes win, 4-3 in overtime.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I just went outside to grab more wood – Holy Jesus, it’s fucking freezin’ out there. There are guys doing tree work next door today. Two of them up in buckets with chainsaws. I’ll watch through the window, thanks!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Yikes! I bet the wind is brutal up there!!!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin

Hello people

I’m reporting from snowy Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In my yard, I measured 7 inches. I also live on a steep hill, and I enjoyed watching cars slide down the street. Thankfully, I have a driveway, which is rare for my neighborhood.

The only time I ever totaled a car was in snowy conditions on the interstate, so I chose not to go the the Bruins-Canes game. I instead drove four miles to the local rink and played hockey. The ice was actually good for once.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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In my yard, I measured 7 inches.

I hope none of the neighbors saw you. I advise measuring yourself in private.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

OH MY GOD TRICYCLE ZAMBONI!

When his backyard ice rink needed to be cleaned up, Jaxen and his dad made a zamboni out of his tricycle, the result is adorable: pic.twitter.com/7GuJb2IF5s

— From The Faceoff (@FromTheFaceoff) January 4, 2017

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

That is super cute!

“Jaxen” sure is interesting.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Action Jaxen!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

DISLIKE

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister


Did Adidas forget that more jerseys equals more things to sell and selling more things is good? And I agree with Wysh that Colorado’s alternate should be their primary.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin

I’m sure they have their hands full converting 60 jerseys already. More will come after that.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

DON’T BRING LOGIC INTO THIS!

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin

BagelBruin Correction: 62 jerseys. I forgot about the Las Vegas Nights.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh yeah, forgot about them too.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

FUCK ADIDAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Best line yesterday: definitely 59-28-20

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Awesome to see them step up knowing they had the freshest legs.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

All three of them have been solid all season. Moore has been better than I expected, and Schaller has handled anything they’ve thrown at him. I’m happy with that.

I was a little disappointed to see Chiller out of the lineup last night because he’s played well lately, but I have no patience for people wigging out over stuff like that, so I will find my center and remain calm.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Hahaha…fucking awesome!

While the fourth line is the least of my concerns when I think about hockey, it’s definitely fun to have a good one. I was happy when the Bruins signed Moore. Always had a soft spot for him when he came back to hockey after his wife passed away.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

AND, Moore plays hockey the way it should be played! There is everything to love about that guy!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Agreed. I’m a fan. I’m actually surprised he didn’t have a contract already by the time we picked him up.

Thetallest81
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other than tuukka id say moore has been the most noticeable player day in and out. I am really glad with that pickup. That whole line has been solid to be honest, which is pretty nice if the rest of the team can get their act together.

I really am starting to wonder how a new coach would utilize this team differently. Beleskey and the 3rd line hasn’t been visible and if i was DK id be pretty frustrated that its been 3 years of not having a continuous line to form chemistry with and be able to know what your partners are thinking.

These players either need the fear or god put in them to be motivated to play a full 60 or need to find what makes them feel comfortable and confident to be able to push the play and take some more shots on goal when the chance is there.

Keeping it along the perimeter and passing to the point to shoot the puck into the skates of the coverage 2 feet in front of you is getting old fast.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

And agree with you on Chiller. Liles needed to be in the game and, unfortunately, you can’t play everyone. Chiller still growing as a player so sometimes it’s good for him to just sit and watch.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Well this is pretty cool. NHL is donating $5,000 to every NHL team and the teams will contribute that money to the community.
https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-donating-5000-to-every-nhl-team/c-285468202

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Oh, that’s pretty excellent.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. The real highlight of last night’s game was Tuukka being creepy with Sarah Davis.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

The mustache alone is super creepy!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I love “I have zero fucks to give” Tuukka.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

What up?
Three out of four points on the road is good, but they could easily have taken the fourth point just by not falling down!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Jo and I were so lazy this weekend. Like, who’s going to get up and put the next DVD in lazy. (“Oh, I got it, Honey. Just let me get untangled from the blanket…” much stirring and not moving later – “That’s okay, Honey, I got it” … more motions like,” yeah, I’m trying to get up” from Jo’s side …. “ahh, screw it. Let’s just read for a while”)

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Those pathetically lazy days are great everyone once in a while, aren’t they?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

That was my New Years day. Did fuck all and it was:

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Hello folks,

Hope you are all keeping safe and warm. Europe has taken a battering (it was -24C in central Slovakia at the weekend) but Merrye Olde England has so far escaped.

Saw a newspaper front page this morning – “FOUR INCHES OF SNOW ON THE WAY”. Yes, this is front-page headline news in a national paper in my country! And, to be fair, it will cause total transport chaos…

Poor Zano. He made some amazing saves and kept the Bruins in the game when they were… wherever the hell they went, but at least one of the goals was weak.

They were understandably tired, so I was a bit surprised Blidh didn’t play, just to get a fresher pair of legs in the line-up.

Still, now everyone is fit (unless I’m forgetting anyone) at least the team can hopefully now start to build some consistency.

Who ends the season with more goals – Marchy or Pasta? 37 + 63 have certainly =100 recently!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

(it was -24C in central Slovakia at the weekend)

Frosty!

I think Pastrnak turns it back on and finishes with more than Marshy. Bergy and Marshy are definitely looking better lately.

How annoying is it to beat reasonably OK teams (Panthers) and then lose to Carolina? Ugh. So dumb.
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

“FOUR INCHES OF SNOW ON THE WAY”.

I was shoveling the neighbors walk yesterday. She came to the door and told me that Patrick (her neighbor on the other side) told her that he measured five inches that morning. I resisted the temptation to say “That’s nothing to brag about”.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I hate you so much right now.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

NIKI BOOM BOOM DOWN!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Good morning, pals!

  • Bummed about that loss, but happy to get a point on a night where the entire team forgot how to skate.
  • I went to Frozen Fenway, and did, in fact, freeze. If you were up on the pavilion level and didn’t have club seats, you literally could not go inside (except to the bathroom), so there was not even a temporary reprieve from the weather. The officials weren’t wearing gloves, which I can’t understand for the life of me.
  • That’s two great games in a row for JFK, and McAvoy continued to be excellent.
  • I left Fenway by 4:30 and was still cold when I went to bed around 9:30. Brutal.
  • We need to be patient with this team; they haven’t had a full, uninjured roster thus season. They’ll pull it together.
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    They’ll pull it together.

    They need to though – in all likelihood will fall out of the playoff zone when Toronto and Ottawa catch up their matches.

    But having said that, Philly aren’t exactly out of reach for the second wildcard. Wow, Metro seemed to have those two places locked up not long ago…

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    We could easily miss the playoffs, or easily make them. I don’t know what to make of this team.

    Johnny, what can you make with this?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    “Tell me everything that’s happened up until now!”

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    “I picked the wrong Bruins season to quit sniffing glue.”

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

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    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Hopefully you have defrosted!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I have! My cold has obviously not been helped, but what can do you?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    It’s a small price to pay.