Morning Free Association: February 22

Guys and gals, we have to talk about this.

David Pastrnak, aka Pasta, saw this and tweeted it. Now I know that not all tweets are endorsements, but I think the kid gets it and obviously loves it because he said so.


The Bruins are in action tonight against the Ducks in Anaheim at 10:30pm on NESN. Surprisingly, NBCSNPDQOMGWTFBBQ is not broadcasting this game under it’s Wednesday Night Rivalry brand. Anyway, we’ll have the late thread going up for all the one of you who might watch it. Hey, that would be me. Anyway, I’ll have a recap for you on Thursday AM.

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Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

So…how long do people think the Bruins can hold onto this win streak?

Curious to see peoples opinions on if this team is just Riding the confidence wave of a win streak, or if they are playing above and beyond any reasonable expectations, or if they are finally playing with their expected potential.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I think their ‘expected potential’ is different now.
To throw a math analogy out there, the Bruins operate at
x% of Claude technique
+
y% of Cassidy technique

Where the sum may be greater that 100% of either.
I think they will regress over time, as they lose some of the benefits of Claude’s structured system.
They will also start losing games as opponents figure out how to deal with the new version of the Bruins.

I think tonight’s game is the most challenging of the road trip. If I had to pick a loss from the schedule, tonight would be most likely. They probably win a couple immediately following the next loss, but that will be a big test.

The London Bear
Member

That’s very well put

phonymahoney
Editor

I think they can finish the road trip.

carvinbass18
Editor

Honestly I didn’t think they’d hold on to it this long. It’s kind of a cop-out answer, but I’m just riding this season out. What ever happens happens because they’re a tweener team & if they do a lot within the next 8 days it’ll push them forward or backwards in a big way. Until then. Who knows.

The London Bear
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Well, none of the wins in this streak have looked like flukes. The top players (Marsh, Pasta, Tuukka, Bergy) for the most part have been on top of their game most of the season and now secondary players are stepping up too.

Plus we’re getting more out of the D now. Saw a quote from Quaider today that they are playing as five-man units, and that sums it up pretty well.

Everyone is finally healthy, too, long may that continue.

I’d be more in the ‘finally showing true potential’ camp, but it’ll be interesting to see how they respond when a loss or two comes along…

phonymahoney
Editor

Yes, agreed completely

carvinbass18
Editor

exactly on your last point. I’m waiting for that 1st loss happens to see what it looks like. Too many times this year they’ve gotten down but then quit on the game.

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Too many times this year they’ve gotten down but then quit on the game.

But they’ve also had times where they’ve gotten down by multiple goals & gutted it out to stage a comeback. And others where they’ve quickly jumped ahead by multiple goals, then gone into “coast mode” & blown it.

If there’s one thing they’ve been consistent about this season, it’s being inconsistent!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

ditto, im more interested to see what happpens once they lose a game or two and if the bad habits start creeping in again.

carvinbass18
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UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Sometimes a play is good enough, I ain’t even mad it’s the Habs that benefited.

Satan 81's Sister
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DAMNIT PRICE STOP BEING SO GOOD YOU RUIN EVERYTHING!

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

That Pasta picture makes me about ten kinds of happy.

How’re you doing, friends?

The London Bear
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Hi Doc,

I went back to work yesterday after 10 days off, had to take my phone to be repaired today and having more root canal work tomorrow morning.

But apart from that I’m doing pretty well smile

How are you?

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

A root canal?! Ouch!

I’m good! Just figuring out Meiji-era Japan. And excited to actually watch hockey this evening, even if it means a super late night!

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Sassafrassin’ 10:30 PM games. I wonder what the NESN ratings on these tend to be.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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7. Just 7 ratings

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

wow i just realized the time of the game…thats….grr.

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I CANT SEE THE PASTA PIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

carvinbass18
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null

how about now?

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

neooppe

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

i suppose i could just visit on mobile…

phonymahoney
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Morning, pals!

  • Second day in the new place. First day was complete chaos. Fun, but so chaotic. I can’t even.
  • With that, I’ve driven to the correct building two days in a row! #proud
  • Still fighting a silent bathroom war with my cousin/roomie. I got up at 5:30 and heard the bathroom door shut the second my feet hit the floor. WTF?
  • Hockey tonight? Five in a row?
  • https://media1.giphy.com/media/3o7TKV00j3rLLe1qi4/200.webp#7

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I’ve driven to the correct building two days in a row!

    I can remember after moving my residence, driving home from work toward the old address. Doh! That moment when you realize what’s going on!

    The London Bear
    Member

    Hope you hadn’t moved too far!

    I once carried three bags of shopping to my old house, luckily only about qtr mile from the new place!

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    When I changed jobs, once or twice I missed getting on the correct highway for my new job. Thanks to a perfect storm of location, that was usually a 10+ minute mistake.

    carvinbass18
    Editor

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    PASTA!!
    I probably wont make it for tonight’s game considering last night I went to bed at 8:30ish. What’s wrong with me??

    Last night the Bruins did a thing on snapchat / facebook with Vatrano & for every joke we make about hockey players having no personality, he has less. It was like listening to Ben Stein call out Bueller.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    -NEVER ENDING- PASTA GOALS Unlimited time JUST $925K

    If only we could have him forever at $925K/year!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    That’s pretty funny, because what I remember of Vatrano on the ice was talkative, he chirped a lot, and was pretty funny.

    The London Bear
    Member

    Oh, that’s disappointing about Vatrano. Being such an exciting player I imagined he would have a similar personality.

    Oh well, if he’s dull there shouldn’t be much danger of him getting into off-ice trouble…

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    Maybe in time he will get used to the cameras & some personality will come out, but man my wife saw it first and was like “wow, could he be more boring”

    The London Bear
    Member

    Yeah, that was my second thought – some people do just freeze up in front of a camera

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I can’t stay awake past 9:30. And my knee hurts. Getting old is dumb and stupid.

    The London Bear
    Member

    I was especially tired yesterday so I went to bed at 11.15 .

    Seriously I wouldn’t sleep at all if it was optional – a horrific waste of the time I could be wasting in other ways!

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Good Morning!

    -We actually picked up the car last night (Given how Saturday went, that was no guarantee). Maybe my wife will let me drive it one day.
    -With that, I am taking her old shitbox (’06 Elantra) and driving that sucker into the ground or until I can’t pass inspection next month, whichever comes first. It’s at 181,000 miles right now. Lets see if I can push 185k.
    -I might catch a part of the first period. Maybe. If I don’t fall asleep first, that is.
    -Too late for “Rivalry Night”, no?
    -How is it only Wednesday? It feels later in the week.
    -I need a day off.
    -I need to stop rambling
    -I need to actually start doing some work this morning.

    Happy Wednesday everyone.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    -How is it only Wednesday? It feels later in the week.

    I hear you. Do you have to work Saturday again?

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Sort of yes. Salaried personnel are not technically required, just encouraged.

    Am I actually coming in? Nope. Every other engineer has cashed in one freebie off and I”m taking mine this week.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Excellent. Working six days a week is fun and I love it so much.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Member
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Ha! I thought it was still Tuesday!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Member
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Pastafarian!!!! I love it, too!!!
    Good Morning, pals!!!!
    I’m plotting to be back on the water on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday!!
    I’ll try to get a bit of work done, as well!!
    Coffee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    I’m plotting to be back on the water on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday!!

    No love for Friday?

    I’ll try to get a bit of work done, as well!!

    Oh, I suppose that’s Friday’s plan. smile

    UnstableElement
    Member
    UnstableElement

    No love for Friday?

    What you did there, I see it. The question is, did you intend that joke?

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Sadly, I was not intentionally that clever.

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