Morning Free Association: February 27

The Bruins wrapped up their four-game roadtrip yesterday in Dallas. Now some of us have plenty of reasons to hate the Dallas Stars but NBC made sure that they would hit on one point again, and again, and again – the Tyler Seguin trade from Boston to Dallas. The broadcasters on the NHL on NBC went so far as to create a false equivalence between Seguin and David Pastrnak, as if each of these respective players play the same role on their teams or even had anything to do with each other. This manifested in one of the most annoying time trackers that appeared under the score bar for the entire game: tracking Pastrnak and Seguins time on the ice. It made the afternoon annoying.

Since the NFL season is over and there is no more football to show on Sundays, NBC gets to show games on Sunday afternoons, or evenings, or both. And they could resist having a gimmick, calling it Star Sunday. Ugh.

Voice of the Dallas Stars television affiliate Dave Strader has beaten cancer and this was his first game back, calling a game for the nationwide telecast.

Former Bruins and Stars’ forward and Stanley Cup Champion, Rich Peverley was on-hand to perform the ceremonial puck drop for his organization, Pevs Protects. Before the game he held a street hockey game with area kids.

First Period:

This is how David Backes and Jamie Benn decided to start off the game.

Obviously, there is some old resentment between these two. Either that or it’s their own special, bizarre way that they greet each other. While not the smartest move, it didn’t seem to hurt the Bruins too much. Both Brad Marchand and David Krejci lit the lamp within a minute of each other early in the period.

Here’s another look at what Pastrnak was doing to prolong the play that resulted in Brad’s goal.

Second Period:

Kevan Miller got into it Curtis McKenzie after McKenzie objected to a check by Miller.

Soon afterward, Dallas scored two goals: an even strength goal by John Klingberg and a power play goal by Jiri Hudler after Torey Krug was called for holding. Lucky for us, the B’s weren’t done scoring in the period or the game. Frank Vatrano and Patrice Bergeron each netted one within a minute of play.

For good measure to end the second period, Tuukka Rask stole one from the Stars.

Third Period:

Patrice was not content to have only one goal and an assist. So, he scored another.

Ty-ty decided that he, too, had to score, possibly to save face after the complete ball-washing he got from NBC all afternoon. Then Ryan Spooner ensured that the shouts of “QUOTA!” could be heard throughout the land.

Bruins won 6-3, are now 5-1 in the Cassidy Era, and still in the fight in the Atlantic.


Hey, some trades happened yesterday:

The Los Angeles Kings acquired goalie Ben Bishop and a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Peter Budaj, prospect Erik Cernak, the Kings’ seventh-round pick in 2017, and a conditional draft pick in 2017. Is this a move for a GM desperate to save his job by making a big push for the playoffs? Or are they acquiring a piece that can be dangled in front of the Vegas Golden Knights?

Also, the Minnesota Wild acquired center Martin Hanzal along with center Ryan White and a fourth-round pick in 2017 from the Arizona Coyotes for a first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in 2018, a conditional pick in 2019 and forward Grayson Downing.

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Satan81
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Meanwhile in Montreal…

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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I just laughed out loud

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

– Fun game last night. That Marchand goal was a thing of perfection. Killer did killing. Tuukka’s diving robbery was marvelous.

– The thing that was most annoying about the Seguin talks was that “at least pasta eases the burn of the trade”…which anyone with half a brain would say “yeah but then you would have two really good skilled players on your team and not only just one.” its not like the Bruins recieved Pasta in the Seguin trade and its not like Seguin was let go because you needed the money to sign Pasta. So….yeah. Fucking stupid.

– WHY IS IT COLD AGAIN….BOOOOOO.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

WHY IS IT COLD AGAIN….BOOOOOO.

Because it’s still Winter.

Satan81
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*cough* Marchand has more points *cough*

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

Well, if still on Bruins do you think they would keep him as a Winger or put him into his natural position by now?

Satan81
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If Seguin was still on the Bruins it would have meant that Krejci was traded instead. So yeah, Seguin would be a C.

carvinbass18
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Morning folks

  • That was fun yesterday. Quota is the best
  • Bearly on Topic has a new segment for this week. Phony, you’re gonna need to check this one out haha
  • F1 pre-season testing is happening right now. God this upcoming season cant get here soon enough!!
  • Please Donny, don’t do anything at the deadline. Pull a Danny Ainge and do NOTHING. Fans are going to be pissed but they can suck it & you have to give up good to get good & we don’t have enough good to trade for good in other areas. Not yet anyway.
  • I have to replace my power board here this morning. So much for me getting anything done today
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  • Satan81
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    I think we have enough good to trade for good in other areas. However, I really like the good we have, particularly because it’s on or will be on ELCs and we have cap concerns. Best to be patient and ride the youth wave when it rolls in.

    phonymahoney
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    Bearly on Topic has a new segment for this week. Phony, you’re gonna need to check this one out haha

    I don’t know, I probably should have made a guest appearance! wink

    Dr. Medievalist
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    Dr. Medievalist

    Good morning, friends.

    Where’d this offense come from? I like goals.

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    scoring is fun

    #B2Bafterdark

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Good morning, pals!

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  • It’s a new week, friends. Hoping things go a little more smoothly at the new place. Last week was ugly.
  • Is this a move for a GM desperate to save his job by making a big push for the playoffs? Or are they acquiring a piece that can be dangled in front of the Vegas Golden Knights?

  • Good point. And, I wonder how many deadline trades we will see that are people trying to gain something by moving players they’d otherwise lose in the expansion draft? Or maybe I’m too optimistic about an interesting deadline.
  • That game yesterday, wow. I wasn’t happy to see them blow the lead, but it was really nice to see them respond and get it back once they had.
  • This team can pass, huh? Holy crap.
  • I can’t help but wonder what kind of numbers Vatrano would be at right now had he been healthy at the start of the season. Yeah, we can do the math, but I don’t think that really gives us our answer. Also, I wonder what the differences with the players around him would be, as well.
  • Thinking about Beleksey lately, I’ve been one of his propoents since day one, but right now I’m kind of “meh” on him.
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  • Weekend… let’s see… saw Anders Bjork play at BU – kid picks people’s pockets in the neutral zone like no other. Great to watch. Doesn’t give up on rebounds, makes good plays from the corners. Notre Dame and BU split the series (a chippy one!), and BU “won” Hockey East… and so did Lowell and BC. Notre Dame was one point behind all of those teams and would have taken the title solo had they gone 2-0 at BU this weekend.
  • How was everyone’s weekend? I had a birthday party and such to attend, but it was mostly low-key, which was much needed on the tail end of The Week From Hell.
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  • If you’re the Bruins, do you make a deadline trade? IMO, the best move for them to make is none at all.
  • Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Thinking about Beleksey lately, I’ve been one of his propoents since day one, but right now I’m kind of “meh” on him

    easy to feel meh about him when he has spend a good amount of games under cassidy scratched. I am curious if whatever kept him out is still nagging him or he isnt fully conditioned yet and cassidy wants him fully conditioned to be able to play a more backa nd forth game for a full 60.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Hey phony, Paczki Day by the Polish Muslim Band is still cracking me up. Not the song, so much, just that there’s a Polish Muslim band.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Never mind. Did some googling and they are not Muslim. I am very disappointed.

    The London Bear
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    can’t help but wonder what kind of numbers Vatrano would be at right now had he been healthy at the start of the season

    I was thinking along those lines during the game. I reckon him, Marchy and Pasta are all genuine 30-goal scorers, while Bergy and Krejci should be good for 20 each at least. That’s a lot of scoring power for a team who have been accused of struggling offensively. But maybe not any more – two six-goal efforts in the last seven games!

    phonymahoney
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    29 goals in seven games since the coaching change. That’s over 4 goals per game, for those of you keeping score from home.
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    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    even more importantly, the D has seemingly made less bad turnovers in their own zone. Most of the goals scored have been on blown coverage or odd man advantages it feels like. Cant blame tuuka for any of those goals between deflections and screens and the D didnt really do much to hurt the team with the more offensive push. We have seen more odd man rushes with a D-man active in the other zone but i think the centers have done a good job at getting backa nd applying pressure.

    Honestly, whats surprised me is you start seeing McQuaid taking more chances and being more active in the opposite zone, a career stay at home defenseman and he has led to a lot of scoring oppertunities lately….which is interesting to me.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I still start to twitch whenever I see McQuaid or KMiller pinching. They aren’t so effective shooting and aren’t so fast skating back to the blue line. Maybe it’s not so bad, but it feels like something that could come back to bite them.

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    even more importantly, the D has seemingly made less bad turnovers in their own zone. Most of the goals scored have been on blown coverage or odd man advantages it feels like.

    Agreed, and I think you see fewer boneheaded plays in the defensive zone because we’re no longer afraid to do bold things with the puck and, I don’t know, stop making D-to-D passes and try to fucking score?!

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    we’re no longer afraid to do bold things with the puck and, I don’t know, stop making D-to-D passes and try to fucking score?!

    It reminds me a bit of the 2013 playoffs when Krug & Bartkowski came in and started pushing the puck North-South instead of East-West. Remember that being really refreshing.

    (Side fun note: other D-men included Ference and Wade Redden, so…yeah)

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Good Morning, Pals!!!
    Wow! Great weekend! Jo and I went up north. I paddled Saturday in epic snow melt. The water was wicked high. I flipped in our biggest rapid, but rolled up in the worst nastiness I’ve ever attempted a roll in. My weekend was made right there!!!
    Met they have fixed up three different houses in town and had lots of tips and helpful advice. Another guy, who owns the old paper company’s office building (it was the town’s school in one incarnation), is opening an Air B&B (the Dryway Inn). We learned that the town tried to secede from Massachusetts in the 80’s. Thank God they failed, they wanted to join Vermont and our taxes would be off the charts.
    The Lightning and Kings have decided to fuck up my fantasy team. I’ve been riding Budaj like a rented mule all season, now I’m screwed. Budaj’s numbers will fall like Mary Decker as we approach the finish line. My team will finish with crap in it’s pants.
    Oh! We drove over to Ware Saturday night to but used bar stools from a bar(go figure) that just replaced theirs. We got six in great condition! The bar will be open – someday!!!! And for all those for whom I have promised to save a bar stool in hell – I’ll be storing said stool in God’s country for now.
    Long winded even for me this morning – and I’m just scratching the surface (I could go in many directions with this one!).
    Coffee

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Thank God they failed, they wanted to join Vermont

    HEY!

    our taxes would be off the charts.

    Yeah, can’t really argue that point. smile

    The London Bear
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    The Lightning and Kings have decided to fuck up my fantasy team

    You’ve pretty much got top-seeding in the H2H league wrapped up, while a bunch of us squabble over second!

    That paddling sounds … scary!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    The London Bear
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    That links to your Facebook profile – didn’t see a video but there’s some good pictures!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Computers!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I wasn’t familiar w/ Curtis McKenzie, and was curious who would be stupid enough to pick a fight with Killer – was he some sort of enforcer-type who just had a bad day?

    Well good ole hockeyfightes.com to the rescue. The guy has been in 7 fights this year and has only ‘won’ one of them. Miller was the only opponent I recognized as being obviously dangerous. So this guy is some kind of moron, who picks fights he can’t handle.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Is his cousin Campbell?

    carvinbass18
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    Curtis McCampbell

    The London Bear
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    Good morning folks,

    I though that was very smart by Backes yesterday. He knows the Stars are susceptible to getting behind early, so he cleverly decided to take perhaps their biggest scoring threat out of the game for the first five minutes. Genius! Or maybe they just hate each other. I don’t know.

    Good game. Some pretty goals. A few defensive lapses, but you’ve got to leave something to work on.

    Someone said the Bruins needed a test of resilience before we could judge Cassidy. Well, after a tough loss they’ve hit back by winning two in a row. Also after blowing a two-goal lead they dug deep and landed a convincing win.

    I’m not going to argue with anyone who says the sample size is still too small, but the evidence is mounting…

    Bs are four points off the division lead and two points above not being in the playoff zone. Crazy.

    GMs are making some desperate-looking moves. I hope Sweeney locks his phone away so he doesn’t get tempted into doing anything silly.

    Tonight I am off to the Sports Journalism Awards! My paper is nominated for our soccer season preview. I was on holiday at the time it was produced, but there was a spare place at the table and I have no shame smile. Our photographer is also up for an award.
    Hopefully, Faye Dunaway will not be presenting. lol

    On tap – free food and booze!

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    GMs are making some desperate-looking moves. I hope Sweeney locks his phone away so he doesn’t get tempted into doing anything silly.

    Unless one of those despirate GMs does something stupid that Sweeney can capitalize on!

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    Good luck to your paper!

    phonymahoney
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    I though that was very smart by Backed yesterday.

    I was thinking this as well. We can’t complain if Backes is going to take Jamie Benn off the ice for five minutes. It’s a great move.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    agreed. Benn is scary good.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    I’m not going to argue with anyone who says the sample size is still too small, but the evidence is mounting…

    While I’m impressed with what I’ve seen so far, my one concern is still how the team will handle other teams adjusting to this new look.

    It’s kind of like how a pitcher can dominate the first time through the order easily. It’s how they handle the 2nd or 3rd time through that shows their true colors.

    Satan81
    Admin

    Definitely good points about sample size and whether opposing teams will adjust. At the same time, we needed an immediate turnaround and we got an immediate turnaround. I love Claude and miss Claude, but wow this is just what the doctor ordered.

    Helps that we got to play the Stars right after they traded away Patrick Eaves. smile

    The London Bear
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    It’s true the Bs are playing a different style now, and teams will have a better idea once they’ve played them once or twice, but it does seem the players are being used in a way that maximises their individual strengths, so it might to take a good team to cope even when they’ve figured out what the Bs are doing.

    I think on the commentary he mentioned we have three games against the Sens still to come and the Bs season could hinge on those games.

    Don’t like to think about the last time Bs played Ottawa in a really important match…

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Don’t like to think about the last time Bs played Ottawa in a really important match…

    shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    Don’t like to think about the last time Bs played Ottawa in a really important match…

    to be fair though Gus is as far away from the Bruins as nearly possible now

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Morning!

    -I completely forgot the game was as early as it was yesterday. I didn’t remember until I saw the final score in Facebook. Whoops!
    -Weird decision to drop the gloves at face off – especially where Backes isn’t even on the team he was on when that beef started.
    -Having a full weekend was much appreciated (even if I didn’t go skiing)
    -Having such warm weather in February is such a tease.
    I forgot to put sugar in my coffee. Whoops. Fixed that.
    -I think the top pessimist in my office put in her notice. She’s been here for 20+ years and I kind of want to feel bad, but at the same time, it’s hard to feel that way when I listen to her complain (desk next to mine)
    -I didn’t watch the Oscars. That said, how do you fuck that up?

    Happy Monday, everyone.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    -I didn’t watch the Oscars. That said, how do you fuck that up?

    was Sinbad hosting?

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