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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    phonymahoney
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    Morning, pals.

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  • Good recap!
  • At least we can score on Holtby now?
  • Marshmont is EN FUEGO!
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  • Thanks be to the Hockey Gods, Saint Patrice is okay!
  • My hamstrings, they’re shot!
  • I’m waging The Great Sibling War due to the planning of my mother’s 70th birthday. My brother had no opinion through all this planning and waited until after I asked a coworker to get me a reservation to say he couldn’t afford it/it didn’t work for him. Face punches all around.
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  • Pastrnak may not be scoring goals, but he really is making good plays all around. I like it a lot.
  • I thought Tuukka kind of laid an egg on that breakaway, but really, should we have allowed said breakaway?
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  • Should I get a sliding board? I think I should, if the answer is “yes” to, “should I break my face on my kitchen floor?”. I really want one, it’s just an investment.
  • UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Morning!

    -We’ve made it to Thursday. We’re almost there, folks.
    -Turned off the game after the Bergeron (potential) injury and 4th Caps goal. Figured sleep would be better.
    -I don’t understand this team anymore.
    -I don’t know what I want to do for the Superbowl. I almost just want to stay home.
    -Today should be a busy one. Like it has been for a month it seems.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    An injured Bergeron is a terrible thing. Krejci is no substitute.

    True, but Krejci did knock in the last goal playing in Bergy’s stead.

    carvinbass18
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    Good morning folks.

  • Stopped watching just as the 3rd period started. Missed Dog Year’s goal & Bergeron getting hurt. Hope he’s alright
  • I want Rask to sit vs Toronto Saturday to give him some freaking rest but that is an absolute MUST WIN game so fuck.
  • It’s time to give Carlo a game off. He’s one of 6 Bruins to play every game so far this season. He needs to see it in real time that he as much more time / space available to him so he’ll hopefully learn to slow down a bit.
  • I’m slowly not liking my coffee mug because, yes it keeps my drink hot longer, I poured my coffee at 7am and it is still just as hot and undrinkable (thanks to the fact that our water is heated to 63423623 degrees prior to going through the filter.
  • Trivia tonight. Cant wait as always
  • UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    our water is heated to 63423623 degrees

    °C or °F?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Kelvin?

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Rankine?

    Satan 81's Sister
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    How many different temperature scales do you science people need?!?

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    I think that’s it? Wikipedia shows at least 4 more, but those sound made up.

    For the record, other than a science textbook, I’ve never seen Rankine used.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Agreed on Carlo. He’s making too many mistakes and needs to reset.

    They should have put Zane in for last night. Tuukka wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Millbury made him out to be after the game, but he wasn’t playing his best either. The Caps would be a good game to put a backup goaltender into, because they always beat the Bruins, and had just come off a loss to an inferior team so you know that better goaltending wasn’t likely to be enough to put the B’s on top.

    Beating Toronto is a super must-win. I fear that the Leafs have their number right now.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    The Caps would be a good game to put a backup goaltender into, because they always beat the Bruins

    I’m not sure that would’ve been a good idea – we really need to get some wins in front of our backups!

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Dont worry, i am going to the game. So far the bruins have won every game i have been to in the last 3 years.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    I missed the game because it was on NBCSN, which means it was unavailable on NHL.tv. I do plan on enjoying the Bruins-Leafs game Saturday night. Who wants to come over?

    phonymahoney
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    I’m going to the game and don’t want to because my friends sold their tickets.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Hmmm…I work till 1:30 on Saturday. Airport is an hour away. Guessing the flight will be a few hours. Should be there in time if it goes to a shoot out!

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Two hour flight if you fly into Greensboro.

    carvinbass18
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    Wish I could!

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