Morning Free Association: Slashing, Interference, Face-off Violations, Oh My!

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Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, and Tuukka Rask all made their pre-season debut last night against a similarly veteran-stocked roster of the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden. They all looked a little rusty. It’s okay, I’m pretty sure they’re all locks for the team, so I’d rather they didn’t try so hard. We have no need for further injury.

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Thursday morning the Bruins released an injury report detailing to some extent the damage incurred by wounded players: Matt Beleskey has a foot injury, JFK has an upper body injury, Torey Krug has a non-displaced fracture of his jaw. Krug will be re-evaluated in three weeks. In the meantime, there are options for a temporary defensive replacement:

Paul Postma made a case for himself last night.

THE GAME:

During the game, Ty Anderson noted that Bruins coaches wanted Rask to play the puck more…and he did.

I happened to read this at some point in the second period just before Tuukka went out between the dots in the defensive zone to play the puck. Moments later, he went into the trapezoid, swinging back quickly to take play a puck off his shoulder before it was finally moved out of the zone.

Poor Zach Senyshyn. He ended up serving penalties for fellow players, such as the bench penalty at 5:19 in the first period.

When Phony asked me how the game was going, I told her it was sloppy with all sorts of penalties. Boston won that particular battle with eleven, including four slashing penalties, and a 10 Minute Misconduct in the third period when Gabrielle interfered with Claude Giroux. Luckily, many infractions coincided resulting in four-on-fours; Philly was unable to capitalize on other power play opportunities.

Finally in the third period, scoring happened. Unfortunately, it started with the Flyers when Travis Sanheim found the back of the net at 4:57. Paul Postma answered with one of his own under two minutes later.

The teams took the tie at one-all into OT.

At 3:20, Kenny Agostino, last season’s AHL MVP, closed out the game with a breakaway goal.

The B’s are 3-0 in this pre-season with many decisions to make about the youth brigade. I don’t even the decisions that Bruins management have to make in the next 10 days.

The Bruins season starts in 13 days.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Marchand + Twitter = Awesome

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

you people and your twitter posts.

Satan 81's Sister
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All the cool kids are doing it!

Vlasic tweeted a video of the South Korea Olympic medals. Marchand retweeted it with the comment “I’m sure no one in the NHL wanted one of these.”

Satan81
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Mitch Melnick says Drouin is the best power play guy in the league. Hehehehehehehe. There might be a couple better guys, methinks.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Tuning in to Habs soap opera. The best entertainment on the planet!!!!!!

Satan81
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Bruins are 3-0 in the pre-season. Habs are 0-3. Yup, it’s only preseason, but Habs fans are already freaking out. TSN Radio 690 Montreal is joyful.

It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiime of the year!

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ehh not working…

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I have double vision already!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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They both worked for me.

Satan 81's Sister
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I’m seeing both as well.

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Didn’t have to be at the office till late this morning. Except I missed the text where my cow-worker said she’s calling out sick today. Oops. Oh well.

Watched some of the game last night but was too tired to really pay attention. I do know the faceoff penalty needs to die in fire.

And Happy Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers!
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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney
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Morning, pals!

  • One of the guys from the hockey players subreddit bought one of Big Z’s sticks. Here they are trying to use it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnbs0p6TfRU
  • I’m going to stick and puck today but I totally don’t want to be all chickenshit about it… but I am sad
  • I read in a few places that Postma looked good, and I’ve read that he got beat a couple times too, so I don’t know what to think. Maybe I should have watched the game!
  • That’s all I’ve got right now.
  • phonymahoney
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    P.S. – I like guest starring in the MFA!

    P.P.S.- I heard Tuukka was great!

    The London Bear
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    Tuukka was in awesome form apart from the one shot that went past him looked one of the more straightforward to save (not that I would have saved it, of course!)

    Also they’re trying to get him to handle the puck more and, erm, he needs more practice at that.

    On the whole though, he was great, yes.

    I agree with the assessment you heard of Postma, too. He delivered a nice, timely goal.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Postma looked pretty good, but it is taking my eyes a bit of time to adjust to full-speed hockey again. It’s also harder this season, since the Cassidy pre-season game is much less structured than what we got from Claude.

    Tuukka was definitely looking solid last night. I’m undecided on the one goal he let in — it looked stoppable from the upper-deck camera view, but it also looked like it was going to be deflected – the shooter’s stick ran up the defenseman’s stick shaft.
    It could be interesting to see Tuukka playing the puck more. He’s never been particularly good at that, but he does have a certain amount of speed that may give him the tools to become good at it with practice.

    Thetallest81
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    definately does not hurt to get him to practice it in preseason. He used to have a horrible tendency of losing the net, i fear him playing the puck more may bring back some of those frustrating moments.

    phonymahoney
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    P.P.P.S.- I saw the old Tootsie Roll “Mr Owl” commercial on TV last night. That’s weird, huh?

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Hey Pals!
    Bruins going 84 – 0 this year!!!
    We’re heading to Jamaical (Vermont) for some whitewater!!!!!!!
    Moar coffee!!!!

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    84-0! BEARDS FOREVER!

    phonymahoney
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    Enjoy!!!

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