Morning Free Association: January 11

David Backes’ night in St. Louis. In his return to St. Louis, he was the focus pregame and in the first TV timeout (which NESN was very classy in ignoring so that they could show the tribute and the reactions of both David and his wife Kelly. It’s clear they both meant a lot to the city and the team.

First:

Boston draws first blood when Frank Vatrano wrists one on a power play at 8:19.

At one point, Brandon Carlo introduced himself to Nail Yakupov. Noted Blues fans and Twitter-famous Tony X. took some footage on his phone.

At 15:20, Carlo scores a weird goal. He takes a shot, it rebounds off the dasher, and deflects off Allen’s left skate into the goal. It’s the least he could do after causing the Bruins to go on the penalty kill twice in the period, both penalties against Alexander Steen.

Adam McQuaid gets run into by Patrik Berglund and was down on the ice for a while. Later, the Bruins twitter account confirmed he would not return and he was being evaluated for an upper body injury.

At 17:52, Brad Marchand unleashed a shot that showed why he was deserving of an All-Star nod.

Bruins lead 3-0 after taking 11 shots on goal. The Blues had only 2 shots. It should probably be noted that the B’s blocked 6 shots.

Second:

Goaltender change for the Blues to start off the period as Carter Hutton took over for Jake Allen.

Having put some Chinese Mustard on it, Torey Krug scores a PPG after a cross-ice pass from Ryan Spooner at 1:31. With his assist on the Vatrano goal, and his own goal, Krug is only a fight away from a Gordie Howe Hat trick.

Colton Parayko ruins the shutout by scoring his first goal of the season at 3:57.

David Krejci tries for the puck flying in the air, Jori Lehtera shoves him into Joel Edmundson. Backes takes exception and starts fighting Edmundson. They both getting matching fighting penalties and Backes gets the instigator penalty, which is served by Anton Blidh, and a Misconduct.

Through two periods, the Bruins lead in shots 26-10 and in score, 4-1.

Third:

Uh oh. Colin Miller went down in the third just after the six-minute mark.

Kevan Miller hi-sticks Scottie Upshall and teh Bruins are on the penalty kill for two minutes. Patrik Berglund scores, making the score 4-2.

Lots of fun late in the period. Back and forth, back and forth, finally Blues empty the net. Bruins take many shots and have opportunities on net. Finally, Marchand backhands one which bounces off Alex Pietrangelo’s skate into the net.

Then, I thought the game was over and stopped paying attention. Some loud horn happened and I thought, “Yay, the Bruins won and I can do something else now.” Apparently, I wasn’t alone in thinking the game was over. Nope.

Kyle Brodziak wristed one, making the final score 5-3.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Hmmm… wordpress auto-updated. Weird.

Also, Claude auto-updated:

Julien said today in Nashville that Adam McQuaid (upper body, day-to-day) stayed over in St. Louis last night & is on his way to Nashville.

Per Julien, Colin Miller is doubtful for tomorrow night vs. Nashville.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Wow, man. I’m doing too much RICE. I need to get up and do something.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72
Satan 81's Sister
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All Star Game jerseys:

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I like the purple!

Satan 81's Sister
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I want a purple one to wear as a pajama shirt all the time.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I’ll probably buy the purple hockey socks.

phonymahoney
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Those are gorgeous, why can’t we get a color we don’t already wear?

Satan 81's Sister
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I did laugh at Atlantic getting the black and gold. At least Pasta and Marchand will be comfortable!

The BOB
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The BOB

Methinks you mean Tuukka. Pasta will be resting at home after increasing his assist total by 33% last night

Satan 81's Sister
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Damnit. My brain was thinking about the conversation yesterday with phony feeling Pasta got snubbed.

The BOB
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The BOB

Understandable. He kinda was.

Had to laugh at PD listing their top three ASG snubs with #2 being Marchand over Pacioretty. Argument was that Patches had 19 goals. Meanwhile Pastrnak has 19 goals in 4 fewer games…

phonymahoney
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And this is Crazy Eights’ breakout season! Come ON! Patches can screw!

Satan 81's Sister
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Pacific – Black
Atlantic – Gold
Central – Purple
Metro – White

I’m kind of liking the black one and the purple one (mostly because purple is my favorite color.)

phonymahoney
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I like the purple a lot, the black is too Kings-ish for me, and while I think the white is nice, I would prefer for the shoulders to be black, or a nice color, instead of gray.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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GRAY JERSEYS SUCK

Satan 81's Sister
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Yeah, they could have done better with the white one. I want a purple one.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Dear Comcast,

Fuck you.

Sincerely,
UnstableElement

The BOB
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The BOB

Talk about perfect timing… this just popped up on my FB feed:

Survey: Comcast, Bank Of America Top List Of Most-Hated Companies

phonymahoney
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Thank you for saying this, by the way – it reminded me to chat with Comcast about switching to X1 because our DVR never, ever works.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

And thats why im going the cablecard route.

phonymahoney
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(this is Chinese to me)

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

A cablecard is just a small card (still from your provider) that you plug into your own device (like a Tivo) to be able to receive channels.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

What he said. Its basically saying…i want you to give me your data and ill pay for it…but i want to own everything and make my home the way i want it…and ill use it on as many devices as i want without you knowing about it and not get charged for it.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Yup. We use TiVo. Humorously, it was a billing question related to the card that spawned my first note.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

They charge you the HD fee anyways? lol

I am buying a new setup for the new house and really really hoping i dont end up screwing myself by trying to do something more advanced then what they are capable of. To be continued….

The BOB
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The BOB

Don’t you mean Xfinity? After all, if you change your name it means everyone will forget about your shitty overpriced services!

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Dear Xfinity,

You are still Comcast and, therefore, you can still go fuck yourself.

Sincerely,
Everyone in a shitty monopolized area.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

sadly still better than frontier…. sad

phonymahoney
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Signed,
Everyone

(especially those in South Boston forced to deal with your shitty cable monopoly)

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

It still blows my mind that South Boston gets the hose when some of the rest of the city has options.

phonymahoney
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Yeah, it’s really weird.

The BOB
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The BOB

Never was I happier than when my old condo complex got wired with fiber so I could transition to FiOS. So so much better. Even better was that the then new house was already fibered up!

phonymahoney
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Yeah, a couple of my siblings have FiOS and I think it’s pretty excellent. If Comcast’s product and customer service were better, I wouldn’t have too much of an issue…. other than the monopoly.

The BOB
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The BOB

Too bad product and customer service are the two most important aspects of their business!

FIOS isn’t much cheaper than Comcast (if it even is cheaper) but it is a hell of a lot more reliable! Haven’t had any real issues with them in the 5+ years I’ve had them. Certainly nothing like my history with Comcast

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I almost went to FIOS after a few poorly managed outages, but once I replaced my cable modem, internet service got a lot better. Unfortunately, the modem has its own WiFi cluttering up the neighborhood airwaves which I haven’t figured out how to disable.
The Comcast TV options seem a lot easier to manage than FIOS, and there’s a lot of stuff available on demand. GH was resistant to switch because of that. But they compress the hell out of all the HD channels, and a couple of them occasionally will just fail to come in. I know the technology they use, and they are too aggressive with it.

The BOB
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The BOB

Not sure I follow… are you saying FiOS is too aggressive with their tech? Or Comcast?

And by TV options do you mean the channel packages? Or something else? FIOS has on demand as well though I’ve never used it a ton but it doesn’t seem too bad.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Comcast uses switched digital video – so they don’t send less popular channels down the network until someone clicks on the channel. Digital channels are jammed into ~39Mb/s pipes (frequency bands), so to fit many digital channels onto a physical pipe, they need to compress them. They try to fit too many digital channels onto each pipe.

By TV options, I meant that GH finds it much easier to navigate Comcast’s channel map than FIOS’s. Comcast has fewer native HD channels, so they made up for it by hosting lots more programming on demand. It allows them to say they ‘have more HD’ with a straight face, but we actually do enjoy it more that I thought we would.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

After having frontier its true about the on demand, i really feel like you are missing out with some of the other companies when you forget about recording things and are just like “lets see if they have anything…ugh…1.00 for a tv show i missed last week????”

phonymahoney
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That’s the thing – the pricing is less of a concern to me than the monopoly making it so that their shitty service is acceptable.

The BOB
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The BOB

Understandable. They’re all overpriced and the packaging makes it worse. We have a home phone line that we don’t use but there is no value to dropping it.

The channel packaging force us to get a higher tier since the two channels we want (BBC America and NESN) aren’t available together on the first two tiers.

phonymahoney
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The channel packaging force us to get a higher tier since the two channels we want (BBC America and NESN) aren’t available together on the first two tiers.

Incredibly annoying. Same with NESN and NHL Network… which I think I’m going to drop, TBH.

Satan 81's Sister
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Still annoyed my cable company dropped BBC America.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

i would be very not ok with this.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Howdy, friends.

The semester is starting to pick up steam. We’re in the middle of our faculty development week, which means lots and lots of meetings. Today, our discipline meets at a Texas tradition: Luby’s. It’s a weird place.

I presented some of my dissertation research yesterday and got a good response. Once I get my classes up and running, I think it’s time to start transitioning to writing my first book project. Research here I come!

Missed the game last night – We don’t get NBCSN. Hoping to watch Bruins hockey again soon. I had to watch the Avs while I was in Denver, and, well, they’re the Avs. They did beat the Islanders in the game I watched, though.

Coffee on tap.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

I was just in Texas and my Brother-in-Law did not have good things to say about Luby’s.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Oh, it’s horrid. But that’s where the chair decided to have the meeting. Sigh.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Morning!

GOALS! KRUG GOALS! Fun game. Somehow didn’t fall asleep during the game either.

So much data analysis on tap today. Can't wait.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good Morning, Friends!
Got to watch a bit before, between periods, etc. – Bs looked good. Vatrano’s release! That kid will score 40 goals in the not too distant future. (You heard it here first!)
Our squirrels now come to the window and peer inside, if there is no food waiting on the window sill. I love it.
The knee – I had it wrapped pretty well last night and, as long as I didn’t try to pivot or stop on it, it was okay. I had no speed, but managed to not get run over. It feels great this morning. Just need to continue to baby it.
A lot of the players came over to ask me how it felt and wish me well – nice!!
RICE on tap – GET SOME!!!!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Vatrano’s release! That kid will score 40 goals in the not too distant future. (You heard it here first!)

#HOTTAKE

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Question: What happened to your knee? I keep seeing your updates, but I clearly missed the incident.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Playing hockey with friends. We play with no ref, no holds barred.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I played hockey on my 60th birthday(dec.30). One of my friends forgot that we are old now and knocked me on my ass like we’ve been doing to each other for 30+ years. I don’t blame him – I would have knocked him on his ass if the roles were reversed. Left knee, outside towards the back of the knee – no bueno. It just takes so much longer to heal now. I had to turn back my scholastic schedule – no way I could manage competitive hockey right now. D league is my speed sad

Satan 81's Sister
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I love my job sometimes. “Hi, I’m at the hospital with my wife. She’s about to have a baby. Do you know my insurance information?”

phonymahoney
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“Your name, sir?”

“Bob, Wehadababyeetzaboy”

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

“Hi, I’m at the hospital with my wife. She’s about to have a baby. Do you know my insurance information?”

Sure, Bill, right? I have that information right here and have been patiently awaiting your call!! (in your most chipper voice!).

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Listening to R.E.M. today.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

Always a good choice. What album? Out of Time? Monster? Automatic for the People? New Adventures in Hi-Fi? I kinda hope New Adventures in Hi-Fi.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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OMG! New Adventures in Hi-Fi is my fav REM album!

Today I am feeling Automatic for the People and Green.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

New Adventures in Hi-Fi is one of my favorites, too. I might like Monster more, maybe. It’s close!

Satan 81's Sister
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I always forget the New Adventures in Hi-Fi is actually quite decent and a rather underrated album. I just may go listen to that right now.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

It’s super good! “Leave” might be my favorite all-time REM song.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Listening to R.E.M. today.

It’s not the end of the world.
Yeah, okay, I’m leaving.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Missed the game last night, sounds like it was a fun one :/

McCrader injury? you dont say?! Post game interview with him below:
http://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/information_items_1740-580×370.jpg

CMiller needs to be ok. He was finally getting his groove back.

On tap….earl grey.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

On tap….tea, earl grey, hot.

Fixed that for ya.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72
Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

i thought about that after i posted it…but, i had already gone too far to fix it.

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