Morning Free Association: April 18

Ugh, last night’s game. Bruins lost again in OT.

What You Need to Know About Game 3:

  • Lots of bad and missed calls, mostly not in favour of the Bruins. A phantom tripping early favoured the B’s but the rest of the game, not so much. I blame the refs.
  • Jack needs to stop goading the Hockey Gods with tantalizing morsels like, “The team who has scored first has lost each of the first two games”. I blame Jack.
  • Ottawa started the scoring in the first and ended the scoring in overtime on a power play goal. I blame the Ottawa Senators.
  • The second period started poorly but ended strong for the Bruins for they scored all three of their goals within an eight minute span in that frame. First it was Noel Acciari playing in his first NHL playoff game and netting his first playoff goal on a deflection.

    Then it was David Backes scoring his first goal of these playoffs 42 seconds later.

    Finally David Pastrnak tied it up with his first NHL playoff goal, a PPG, 7 minutes after that.

    I blame the Bruins for getting my hopes up, even though Noel scored when I had truly given up hope on this game.

  • Backes and Dion “Lurch” Phaneuf were not enjoying each others’ company all game. They were sparring (mostly verbally) in the first. Phaneuf was actually penalized for a vicious slash of Backes in front of the Ottawa net which led to the Pasta goal. I blame Lurch.
  • The most controversial play occurred at the end of the game. Riley Nash gets elbowed in the head by Bobby Ryan along the boards as he’s being shoved by a Senators player along the boards. Riley Nash retaliates and is sent to the box. Bobby Ryan gets no infraction. The Bruins now short-handed allow a goal by Bobby Ryan.

    I blame that POS Bobby Ryan and the refs.

    Please Hockey Gods, if you can hear me -and I think you can- bring back any number of our injured defensemen for game 4. If you want a sacrifice, I will do it. Just please –please– deliver us healthy D-men. Amen.

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