Morning Free Association: Bye Week

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Well, that was quite a weekend of hockey action. After all that excitement, we’re going to need the next five days to get ready for the week after. Perhaps we’ll hibernate and then wake up.

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Next Saturday marks the start of a potential hell scape that sees the Bruins playing five games in eight days, with three of them against the Habs and only one those being at home. In between the dual Saturday nights at the Bell Centre the B’s will see the Stars and Canadiens at home, the Isles away, and very little rest in between.

But that is next week. Let’s highlight this weekend.

This guy

Patrice Bergeron

scored a hat trick plus one in a five-point night against the Hurricanes. It turns out that Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak had planned to make it six and tried to set up situations so that their usual set-up centerman could get the attention he deserves.

“We were hoping to get him to six,” Marchand said. “It didn’t work out.”

Brad also guessed where this could fall in the pantheon of achievements for his longtime linemate.

“It’s pretty impressive,” Marchand said. “Any time you can get four goals in a game — three is impressive — so being part of this one and seeing him have the game he had, it was definitely up there.”

Though, as Marchand said, “I think the Olympics, him winning the Cup, and him just being Patrice Bergeron is above that.”

Brad is right. We should all aspire to be Patrice Bergeron.

On Sunday, things went poorly, then better, then worse in a game in which Tuukka Rask summed up his play as:

Bergy went down briefly after taking a puck to the unprotected part of his right knee. However, being a minor deity, he came back in the second and played the remainder of the game.

Despite scoring from each line, the Bruins still fell in overtime, 6-5 to the desperate Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rest up, Bruins.

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bahahaha

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I’m watching training videos at work. One is narrated by an Anglo Canadian. The other is narrated by a French Canadian. I am _dyin_ here.

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So apparently Old Guys Wanting to Take Me on Vacation is a thing now. I have one who keeps saying he’s going to take me to a Formula One race. And this morning another old guy said I should go fishing with him on Lake Ontario.
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phonymahoney
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Those are very specific vacations, too – not just, “come away with me!” or “let’s go fishing”. Weird.

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At least I watch F1 so that makes sense. The second one was very very random!

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Which race does he want to take you to?

Satan 81's Sister
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He’s been saying Austin, This weekend he said Montreal. We’ll see if this actually happens! grin

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I’m pretty sure Fluto got the quote wrong – “I was shitty all day” – implying Tuukka had a lousy practice leading into the game.
But I can see why he wasn’t pulled. Aside from the 5th goal (*doh*), he was making some impressive saves during the 2nd & 3rd periods. Perhaps they looked more impressive because his positioning wasn’t great? I’d have to re-watch to get a feel for that.

A couple of those goals were absolute rifle shots. Not too much he could have done about those, but there were some ugly ones there as well.

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Doubleheader in the Empire State today. Middle school hockey!! I’ve always loved the high level stuff, but this pays better when you figure dollars per hour. A ref works his/ her ass off in a varsity prep game. I get 107 to line the big boys. The game is 2 1/2 hours long! 104 to do a 1 hour middle school game. At my age and considering the state of my knee…. SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!!!!!

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And Mandi……. $50 for a 10 o’clock adult league game…. in my experience, ladies might get a little extra consideration in “grey areas” of the game. Be aggressive! You’ll be happy with the results (but you didn’t hear that from me!).

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HA! I will take that into consideration! Coincidentally I think they are 10pm games as well!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Sorry, I should have spelled that ” I don’t give a fuck o’clock”!!!

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Morning all. Got spoiled by Christmas and New Years so this whole working on a Monday thing is not thrilling me. BUT IT’S 14 DEGREES OUT AND IT FEELS SO WONDERFUL!

Ugly game but at least they got a point out of it. And the past couple of seasons they would have given up on a game after finding themselves down a few goals. I like this new “let’s scratch and claw and find a way to get back in it” thing they’re doing now.

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UGLY GAME!!!!!
Ugly game personified!!!!!

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Well! I never!
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Morning, pals!

  • It’s Monday morning and email is down. Yippee!
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  • Tuukka let in some bad ones, but he did make a few saves other guys wouldn’t. It’s too bad about the softies. One thing you can always say about Tuukka is that he owns it.
  • Too bad that the bye week comes between the Penguins and Habs. Canes, Pens and then Habs really fuels my fire of hatred.
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  • Lambert creating controversy over Patrice Bergeron wearing a BPD Hockey hat was too much for me yesterday. Quit stirring the pot, dude. Hockey Twitter really sucks.
  • Hockey meeting in 10 days. That means hockey is in like two weeks. I might cry. Or puke. It’s been a solid 18 years.
  • Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Some of the people you will play with/ against have never played. You are going to have so much fun!!!! PRACTICE YOUR HOCKEY BUTT!!!!!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    I have trouble hating the canes. They were always like a little brother when they were in Hartford. Not much of a threat. Except in 93 when they failed against the bleu, blanc, et merd, and also excepting Ulf Douchebagsen – fuck him! I mean, how could you not like Ron Francis? He was Patrice like.

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    I didn’t hate the Whalers (except Ulfie), but I do hate the Canes. I LOVE Ronnie Franchise. side note: I also had a dream about him like 15 years ago and he was a really good kisser.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Regretting that I have only one recch for this dreams!!!!!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    I was going to edit ” this dreams ” ,but it’s too good!!

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    Same!

    phonymahoney
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    For the record, I gained a little more respect for Mr Franchise after that dream!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Hey Pals!
    5 days is too long to have the taste of penguin shit in your mouth. That game
    ,though!!!! Fire wagon hockey!!!
    Gotta like Tuukka’s response. Hey, it’s one game.
    Still have good feels from the spontaneous anthem singing at my game Saturday. No PA? No problem!! It was pretty bad, but I loved the “aw, fuck it. we started singing, we’re finishing…. singing even louder, even though we suck at singing” reckless abandon of the effort. The game was really fun, too!!! I even got to throw a heckler out! Many cheers as he left. I told the centers at the next draw that I hoped I hadn’t thrown theeir dad out. One of ’em looked up and said ” if that was my dad, I would have gone up there and slashed him with this hockey stick.” Such laugh, so many fun!
    I may have had enough coffee..

    phonymahoney
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    You certainly are caffeinated today! My coffee, however, is gross and I think I need to dump it and make another cup!

    Tuukka will bounce back. December was too good for one bad game to throw him off.

    I love when the PA breaks and the players sing. Happened at my niece’s game last year. Fantastic!

    The London Bear
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    That sounds like an eventful night Saturday!

    “Find something you love and do that” great life advice I read somewhere and it certainly seems you embrace that philosophy. All power to you!

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    Hello folks.

    Tuukka Rask: “I was horse bleep all night.”

    — Fluto Shinzawa (@GlobeFluto) January 8,

    I only saw the 10min highlights but it certainly didn’t look like Tuukka was on form. Surprised they didn’t pull him given Dobby’s recent displays.

    Ah well, the run of games without a regulation loss goes on! That depth has really helped the Bs in back to backs. I remember a couple of years ago they were horse bleep in every second game of a back to back.

    I thought last year’s bye week was something to do with the World Cup of Coffee. What’s this one in aid of?

    Tomorrow my darts teammates and I are having a jolly boys outing to the amateur world darts championship. Watching, not playing. Hopefully everyone’s shoes make it home with their owners …

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    What’s this one in aid of?

    Your guess is as good as mine! Hopefully, the Bs do some Clode style team bonding thing that fills the Cup with dirty water down the road. (To sleep, perchance to dream….)

    Satan 81's Sister
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    It’s a condition in the latest bargaining agreement. Every team gets a bye week.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I remember a couple of years ago they were horse bleep in every second game of a back to back.

    I was thinking about that this morning. And it seems like all of the horse bleep back to backs were againts the Habs.
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    Hopefully everyone’s shoes make it home with their owners …

    This will never not be hilarious.

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    And it seems like all of the horse bleep back to backs were againts the Habs.

    This year we seem to have played the Caps more than a fair amount on second half of b2bs. I haven’t checked that, might just be being paranoid!

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    That might be a good thing – if the Caps are gonna win those anyway

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    Looked back through the schedule (because I have no desire to any actual work this morning) they’ve played the Caps twice as the second game of a back to back.

    Also, looking back through October and and the beginning of November.
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    But the Bruins have had 5 Quotas so far this season!

    The London Bear
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    Yup, sections of Bruins Twitter were calling for a tank early season. It all turned around on the West Coast trip