Morning Free Association: February 2

There were many lessons learned after the Bruins- Capitals game. We’ll do a recap then bullet list for your pleasure.

It was Chinese Cultural Night sponsored by O.R.G. Packaging at the Verizon Center last night. During the afternoon, some young Chinese hockey players were able to play at the arena. A couple of kids dropped the ceremonial first pucks.

Remembering the last game against Washington in December – the quick dissection of the defensive top-pairing by the Capitals forwards- Claude made a last minute change, pairing Adam McQuaid alongside Zdeno Chara. It would not be a great pairing.

First Period:

Alexander Ovechkin seemed to hurt his foot on his first shift. Sadly for us, he returned to the game.

Early in the period, T.J. Oshie was able to take advantage of the Bruins facing the wrong direction when Nicklas Backstrom passed him the puck. Oshie scored on the resulting breakaway.

Not content with a one-goal lead,  Backstrom scored a goal of his own at 13:34.

Thankfully, we have Brad Marchand who scored a PPG before the end of the period. This gorgeous goal was his 22nd of the season.

Capitals lead 2-1

Second Period:

Bruins go on the power play after Evgeny Kuznetsov goes to the box for tripping David Krejci. One minute later, Brad demonstrated why we love him with a beautiful shot into the empty part of the net.

I love you Brad!

Dropped from his usual defensive position and paired with Torey Krug, young Brandon Carlo was not having a good night. Late in the period, he was penalized for holding Marcus Johansson. Alexander Ovechkin would make him pay for that with a PPG.

Seems like this is not what you want to see from your second line.

Capitals have a 3-2 lead going into the third period.

Third Period:

Carlo is penalized again, this time for a high stick against Johansson. I have a feeling that Carlo just wanted him to back the fuck off. During the penalty kill, Patrice Bergeron took a slap shot off his knee, needed help off the ice, and went down the tunnel. Bergy would return for a short time during a power play, but skated around gingerly for his shift and during the TV timeout. He would leave the game. Hopefully, some rest will help him and that it isn’t something serious.

Former Bruin Brett “Dog Years” Connolly scores a regular old goal at 3:29, after the penalty lapsed.

The Capitals added one more when Kutznetsov scored after Bruins defensive confusion.

It wasn’t all bad. Tuukka robs Ovi in spectacular fashion. He seemed a little sore after that one, so it would be great if Tuukka could have some games off now.

With 1:31 left, David Krejci filling in for an injured Bergeron scores the last goal of the game.

Bruins fall 5-3.

 

What We’ve Learned:

  • Tuukka needs a fucking break.
  • While improving, this team is not able to deal with speedier teams.
  • This season, the Bruins have scored 6 goals on Braden Holtby this season. LAst season they scored only 3 on him, and 0 during the 2014-15 season.
  • An injured Bergeron is a terrible thing. Krejci is no substitute.
  • Brad Marchand is on fire, averaging a point per game (54 games, 23 G, 31 A) and leading the team in points by a wide margin.
  • Brandon Carlo will continue to be picked upon as a weak point while he gets his game back. He’s easily rattled lately giving up too many penalties.
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