Morning Free Association: What a team

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What a difference a year and a new coach makes. The past few seasons the Bruins have struggled against the Montreal Canadiens, losing more contests than they won. This season is completely different.

Last week was what we dubbed Habs Week on Bearly on Topic and we had all mused about what would qualify as a successful season against the Habs. By winning all three contests last week, the B’s definitively won the season series and may have just put the final nail in the Habs playoffs hopes. This couldn’t happen to a better team.

We’re not even a full year into the Cassidy tenure and the Bruins look like a completely different team. It seems like the youth movement is paying off pretty well even after the early struggles of a team marred by lingering injuries to key players. The top line of Marchand – Bergeron – and Pastrnak is producing beyond what we could hope for. Tuukka is keeping his head in the game even after letting in early goals; the Bruins came back in each of last weeks contests, most notably in the ones against the Habs.

Today, the Bruins are within 3 points of the Tampa Bay Lightning with a game in hand. Not only are the Bolts missing Victor Hedman to injury for the next 2-5 weeks, they’ll be without the services of winger Ondrej Palat indefinitely after suffering a lower body injury after being speared by Jared Spurgeon. On top of that, the Lightning are on a three-game losing streak. They’re vulnerable and the Bruins are in striking distance.

This team is the best story in Boston sports right now – even Michael Felger admitted that on Friday on the Sports Hub. (For the record, Tony Massarotti provided the caveat- best not biggest, which obviously belongs to the Patriots.) Aren’t you glad that you’ve stuck with them this whole time?

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’m thinking this game against the Devils will be a track meet!!! Should be fun to watch.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Like this isn’t going to cause a panic.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

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I’m sure it’s fine.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Holy shit am I going to have nightmares.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

This is great:

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

That was fabulous. US/Canada women’s hockey games are a ton of fun to watch. You can see the disdain on the ice.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Thanks for this!!! Priceless!!!! ( I saw Kessel, Spooner, Decker {deck her, she said, so deck her I did!} Irwin…. no Price!)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Pun ishment!!!

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IntentionallyWidenberg

This week only,
see the PUNisher at the LaughHaus in the Poconos
2 drink minimum.
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phonymahoney
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!!!!
Munday(ne)! Meh.
I wouldn’t mind if the Bruins could pick up Justin Williams on the cheap. He is Mr GWG when playoff time comes around. I’d give the rights to Koko for him!!!!
Okay, I need coffee or smelling salts, or suntin’.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Fingers crossed most open enrollment problems have been sorted. I NEED A BREAK!

Hehehehehehehehe Habs. It’s fun being better than them.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I feel you. Payroll is done and I am well on my way to…. uh, something

Hehehehehehehehe Habs. It’s fun being better than them.

SO MUCH FUN

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

SIGH

The London Bear
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The London Bear

That’s interesting as he’s been in KHL a while without showing much.

To be fair though he spent much of it with star-studded SKA (Kovy and Datsyuks team) where he struggled to get regular starts.

Spartak got thrown out the league a few years ago for being so terrible!

Nice to know we’ve got even more depth and youth!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Funny you should mention him. I was just thinking of Koko yesterday. I was relating him to Spooner in my mind ( it’s tight in there, and I really didn’t have room for that conversation but, musings). Spooner barely outperformed Koko at times, yet, I don’t know, the Sweenius saw more in Spoons. I don’t doubt his crystal ball anymore. Kho knows what the Russian might have brought to this team? Not me!!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Koko gave up trying to win Claude over, Spoons just dealt with it. I think that’s the difference.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I think you nailed it.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Koko’s attitude sucked. I understand his frustration, but he dropped the “play me or trade me or I’m going to the KHL” ultimatum, but was “meh” in what little ice time he got.
Given that set up, I doubt it could have ended up any other way.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Yep. I understand the frustration of being an offensive player on Claude Julien’s team, especially if you’re trying to establish yourself, but when you ARE given chances, you need to capitalize.

That said, if he wanted to come back to North America, I’d let him have another shot.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, pals.

  • It’s very Monday and I am dragging.
  • No Habs no.
  • Something something football, yay
  • I need a solid 20 minutes before anyone speaks to me after I get to work. Today that is especially true.
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    I need a solid 20 minutes before anyone speaks to me after I get to work. Today that is especially true.

    I hear you. I’ve been dreading getting to work and checking emails.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    It’s very Monday

    I’m pretty sure mundane is somehow derived from Monday! In other words – I feel ya!!!!!!