Morning Free Association: The Devils and Brad Marchand

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The Bruins played the NJ Devils at the TD Garden last night

First Period:

The Bruins just started out flat.

flat

And stayed that way for the period.

The team let the Devils outshoot them 20-9. It was the work of the Hockey Gods that the Bruins didn’t enter the intermission down by multiple goals.

Two minutes in Nico Hischier managed to win the Best Actor Award for the night when he was fouled by Brandon Carlo.

I thought it was hooking, which would have been legitimate because Carlo was getting beat, however, Carlo was called for a high-stick when Hischier threw his head back with no apparent contact. Carlo shook his head all the way to the box and Jack wondered if young Nico might get a fine for that one. Probably not because Bruins.

Second Period:

Finally some signs of life were detected. Maybe the Bruins had some defibrillation in between periods.

need them

Unfortunately, the Devils struck first. Miles Wood got his stick in front of a Will Butcher wrister to net the first goal of the game at 2:07 in the second. It took Boston five more minutes to muster the strength to hammer it home when Riley Nash did just that with a bit of a bounce.

Then New Jersey’s Damon Severson decided to score again two minutes later.

No doubt frustrated by Jersey’s insistence at remaining in the game, Patrice Bergeron completes the game of patty cake that David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, and Brad Marchand started. If only they gave out tertiary assists!

Bergy’s 20th came on a power play from a 5-on-3 situation that arose when Miles Wood served a double penalty for Cross Checking and Interference against Kevan Miller and after Marcus Johansson tripped Brandon Carlo. However, there was a problem with the timekeeping on the penalties…

…and it took nearly 15 minutes to actually solve it.

This is probably what happened:

spacing

I’m pretty sure that it was solved by Toronto, all the people’s fingers, and a hastily thrown together abacus were used to figure this out. The good thing was that the Bruins could use their now-well-rested first power play unit to stay on the ice when play resumed.

Remember when we used to fear the curse of the final minute of the period? there was no need to do that this time because an inspired and un-defended Brad decided it was his time to shine.

Turns out that this would be the game winner.

Third Period:

Cory Schneider was done for the night and might have been hurt so Floyd Appleby took over in net for the Devils. Oops, his name is Ken, Ken Appleby. I was so close. Anyway, he took over for Schneider.

Tuukka had a real test: a breakaway. He passed the test with flying colors.

Back and forth, not much happening. Oh, this happened at the game:

Yes, always because dogs rule!

At one point late in the third, Severson limped off the ice and needed treatment. Then a short time later, Marcus Johansson needed to go back to the room. The Bruins were knocking everyone out of the game!
[Editor’s note: They deserved it. They were BAD! *shakes fist at sky*]

With under a minute to go, Bergeron takes a long shot on the empty net and ends up icing the puck. Afterward, while taking the ensuing defensive zone face-off, he is warned for his behavior at the dot. He wins it, but the Bruins fight to get the puck out of there. Tuukka makes a great save to stop the last Devils scoring chance. Brad gets one more chance to score on the empty net but fails to get it because he was offside. Bruins win 3-2.

The streak is now at 17 games with at least 1 point and no regulation losses since December of last year! (Yeah, that was only last month but it’s more dramatic when you say it the other way) Wooo!

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MadScientist72
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First Period: The Bruins just started out flat.
Second Period: Finally some signs of life were detected. Maybe the Bruins had some defibrillation in between periods.

It was all part of their master game-plan, just like in the last six games. Let the opponent get ahead, then attack them from behind. They’re the first team since the ’09 Wild to get at least a point in 6 straight after giving up the first goal.

http://i.imgur.com/YpZBA3A.gif

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

If the opponent thinks they’re winning, we have them right where we want them…

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Satan81 and I were talking about this on Gmail. “They’re not winning the game so we’ll be nice and let them have the first goal.”

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

And it’s to the point now where I don’t care at all if the opposing team scores first. I just think “Whatever, Bruins will get that back.”

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I need nap now!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The Fonda gif – wow! I had to live through the 80’s

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Oh! I’m playing in two hockey leagues and I am in two bands.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

so you’re saying that you’re two people now?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

We’re going to need more bagels.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey! Just got off the river! Got a new pal he works for a kayak company. We’re paddling somewhere tomorrow. Bromance is in the air!!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Sonofabitcfh drinks bourbon,too!!! I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Oh hey peeps

So I moved to Raleigh, right? I got a job at a grocery store to keep me afloat through school. I didn’t like Raleigh, so I am back in Winston-Salem. I attend an all women’s college.

I’m a man.

Anyway, I hope to be on there again

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’m a man.

No. You are THE man!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

When we are done talking about the participants in the Jane Fonda Workout gif, I think we need to talk about this:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BeVgZ8al141/?taken-by=zeechara33

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Like, it feels oddly threatening. His post says “value and enjoy” but his eyes say “Go feed pigeon or you die.”

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Oh! Pigeons!
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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Former KGB pigeon.
Now working undercover with the FSB.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

What animal is this, exactly? I hope it’s not his pet, because you should feed those more than “once in a while”.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, hockey pals!

  • Game was weird last night, I drifted in and out of sleep during the 2nd period. I don’t know where last night went, but I missed my Tuesday night skating date, too. What a wreck.
  • Only needed to make one trip to work today!
  • That said, my eyes/head hurt. Or are tired. I don’t know.
  • Look at all those Bruins scoring goals! We are collecting 20 goal scorers!
  • I forgot to mention that hockey was fun! The difference in skill levels was very interesting!
  • I can’t wait for the Tootsies on Thursday!
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  • Speaking of the Tootsies, a coworker calls me Toots all the time, and I laugh every. Single. Time. He is also the coworker who decided I’m doing this spin thing with him, and when people donate, he volunteers me to dress like Jane Fonda, a la Jazzercise. What did I get myself into?
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    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    The difference in skill levels was very interesting!

    That’s definitely the best way for these sort of things to be. Makes it easy to find people at your kind of level then, and there’s also a few slightly better who you can aim to match.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    I just keep finding myself staring at the Jane Fonda gif.
    And how the woman in blue is 180 out of sync the dude in maroon has oddly womanly hips, and the woman in pink is wearing a scarf to exercise.
    So much weird 80’s stuff going on at once.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    And the top half of the woman in the scarf looks like it’s not connected to the bottom half. WHY DON’T HER LEGS MOVE?

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    The gyrating of the lady in yellow is unsettling.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    She’s really serious about it – it’s like watching a stand-mixer kneading pizza dough.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I just snorted. That is exactly the rhythm.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    She seems like she’s the snooty bitch of the class.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    And she’s probably having an affair with Mr. Maroon Pants.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    That is definitely happening. You can tell he likes her legwarmers from here.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Wow. There really is a lot of weird 80s happening here! I didn’t even notice.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Morning all. Winning is fun.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    It’s also weird! I love it!

    Satan81
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    Satan81

    Marchand to have a hearing for elbowing Johannson:

    https://www.tsn.ca/marchand-to-have-hearing-for-elbowing-1.976959

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Guilty by reputation, eh?

    There were other Devils standing near him at the time. Surely they would’ve layed into Marchy if they felt it was intentional.

    Satan81
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    Satan81

    He did flare his elbow out. Not really clear whether it was intentional, but he’s still responsible for his elbow. And yeah, reputation and past suspension history will likely play into it.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    And the guy who received the elbow (a.k.a. the guy who tripped Marchand) was blubbering to the ref like a little kid after the incident, causing a delay of the game. So it was bound to get some attention.

    I really can’t tell if it was intentional or not — it seemed purposeful from one camera angle, but it is hard to believe that someone executed an elbow to the head while in the midst of his own faceplant.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Yeah there was one camera angle that made it look worse than the others but when no-one punched Marchy I thought ‘they obviously think it was an accident’

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    it is hard to believe that someone executed an elbow to the head while in the midst of his own faceplant.

    Especially someone as short as Marchand.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister
    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Bruins Trump is the only Trump I love.