Morning Free Association: Rocky Mountain Low

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Bruins fans had no right to expect a great game given that Bergeron and Backes were both out of the lineup and that there are tons of very young players on the roster. We did, however, have a right to expect that the Bruins would show up, give it their all, and play sixty minutes.

Here’s a very brief summary of how the entire game went, before I start ranting:

That’s not what happened. Play was sloppy and undisciplined for the first forty minutes. Every good play came with its own bad play. For example, in the first period, David Krejci made a great defensive play… after causing a turnover in the neutral zone that caused the Avalanche to get some unearned time in the Bruins’ end. In the second, Frank Vatrano gained the zone, and then blatantly hauled down the Avs defenseman who was covering him, landing the Bruins on the penalty kill for holding (I thought the actual penalty should have been interference, but I guess holding works). Former Harvard standout Alex Kerfoot scored, and Brad Marchand tied it up by the end of the first. Yakupov, Andrighetto, and Duchene scored for the Avs in the second, while the Bruins continued their streak of being incredibly dreadful in the second period.

Lots of stupid penalties, one decent fight (we had to get something interesting out of McQuaid, I guess), and a burning desire to resurrect Nail Yakupov’s reputation as a burgeoning young talent with tons of offensive skill. Yakupov has scored three goals in the two games he played against the Bruins. That’s better than he’s looked in a while.

It would be hard to blame Tuukka Rask for the team’s play last night, but he was given some mercy and pulled for the third period. Anton Khudobin was on point and made several big saves.

The Bruins actually came to play in the third period. The fourth line was decent and Tim Schaller scored. Riley Nash was determined to make some offense happen.
not gonna happen
OK, it actually did happen a little bit.
Torey Krug scored a sweet goal, following up on a Riley Nash rebound, knocking the puck out of the air and into the net. Bruins were within one goal, but not for long.

Pete Blackburn is here to remind us, though, that this is a very young team missing two important veteran players. He’s got a point. Usually I am all sunshine and rainbows, but if I can show up for a late game, the Bruins should, too.

Jack sums it up for us:

Surprisingly, there were some actual highlights:
Charlie Choo Choo absolutely freight trained Nathan McKinnon:

OK, that’s really it. The game was a stinker, and the Bruins will probably go on some sort of hippie retreat and show up in Arizona bright eyed, bushy tailed, and with their chakras lined up just right. Here’s hoping.
meditate explosion

Anyway, what’s on tap?

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