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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