Morning Free Association: Rocky Mountain Low

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Woof.

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
meditate explosion

Anyway, what’s on tap?
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Miss Muse
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Morning all!

There has been too much week in this week.

Unstable Element is right: At least we never have to see the Avs again this year, unless of course, both teams somehow find their way into the Stanley Cup Final. But then I think people will be burning the world down if that actually happened.

And hey, you know what, we got three behind Varlamov this time around. Three is a lot more than zero.

Um, sure.

Another two days before hockeytimes. I hate waiting.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I have tickets for the Canucks game next week. I’d like to see some sign of Bergy being OK before then. sad

Satan81
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I’ll be there! We should meet up!

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I have to get my logistics plan in place as both my wife and I have to work that day, but if I can get into town early enough I’d be down with that. I hardly ever get the chance to meet folks IRL! Twit me @GWJ_Imbiginjapan

Miss Muse
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I’m hoping he’ll be good to go for the Vegas game.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

unless of course, both teams somehow find their way into the Stanley Cup Final

Normally I would assume this impossible, but given the individual residing in a certain big, white house, I no longer assume things like that.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Has it only been 3 games?
The lack of structure on both sides of the ice is killing me to watch.
Of course, only having 3 top 6 players in or top 6 isn’t helping.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Not that worried yet. Road trips help a team gel, no?
Gotta work now.
Coffee!!!!!

Satan81
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UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Supposedly they cleaned the fridge in the office last night. So why does it still smell like it’s hiding a dead body every time it gets opened?

I ask only the important questions.

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

They said I could store it in there!

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

The usual suspect would be the rubber seal around the door. That thing can collect some serious skeeze.

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

Morning all. Why are the Avs our kryptonite? Also, brrr. Cold this morning.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Also yes! Brrr! Finally some fall weather.

Satan 81's Sister
Editor

I brought gloves out this morning but decided they were more useful in my bag then on my hands.

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

I have a sinking feeling any team with a couple fast forwards and an accurate long passer on the blueline will be our kryptonite.

UnstableElement
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UnstableElement

Morning.

I did a backwards thing for a late game and only caught the last 10 minutes because if the baby was going to keep me up, then I was watching the game. Turned it on right before the second goal. For a minute there, thought we were going to snatch victory.

So yeah. At least we don’t see the Avs again?

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