Morning Free Association: October 11 – Back to Colorado

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Good morning, everyone!

Last night was the very first home opener for the Vegas Golden Knights. As part of their pre-game ceremonies, the players were introduced alongside first responders from the shooting on October 1. In addition, they held a 58-second moment of silence for the 58 people who lost their lives, and their names were displayed on the ice as well. Deryk Engelland, who has lived in Las Vegas since his time in the minors and met his wife there, addressed the crowd with a pre-game speech. World-class work by the Golden Knights’ players, organization, and fans.

As for the game itself, it went just the way they wanted it – a 5-2 win over the Coyotes. James Neal continues to light it up, scoring his 4th and 5th goals of the season.

carvinbass18’s favorite Super Smurf, Alex DeBrincat, scored his first ever goal in the Blackhawks’ 3-1 win over the Canadiens. The Habs drop to 1-3 to start the season. I’m listening to The Morning Show on TSN 690 MontrĂ©al and it’s delicious.

Patrice Bergeron missed yesterday’s skate with the team. He’s out tonight in Colorado and is aiming for a weekend return. Riley Nash will take his place on the top line. *checks sheet* Yes, Riley Nash will take Bergeron’s place on the top line.

Danton Heinen was called up from Providence and will be with the team in Colorado. The Bruins also signed forward Ryan White to a PTO because apparently we need more fourth-liners. We really don’t need more fourth-liners, but whatever.

The puck drops in Colorado at 9:30pm tonight! What’s on tap?

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