Morning Free Association: Perfection

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Can we take a minute, or an hour, or a day to talk about how great a player Patrice Bergeron is? I mean, we all know it and have known it for a long time now. He embodies the spirit of this team like no one else does: he works hard in all three zones, all three phases, and is going to have the Selke trophy named after him at some point. But let’s take a closer look at his season.

Bergy started the season by missing the first five games. Though the team won the opening night contest against teh Predators, they struggled with the mounting injuries and without their top line center. Joe Haggerty came out with a column declaring Bergeron to be in decline since he is now on the wrong side of 30. While this is not unusual, players skills fading as they get older, this is Patrice Bergeron that we’re talking about- the guy who takes a licking and keeps on ticking, the player who played with an injury (a hernia) from the World Cup through the first round of the playoffs with only a few games and days off for maintenance. If he has a nagging injury that keeps him from beginning the season, I’m not going to consign him to the junk heap.

Patrice Bergeron has played in 47 games this season and in his first 24 games he had only 5 goals, even if he did score in his first game back. In the 23 games since, he’s scored 19 goals with two hat tricks. Just amazing. It’s no wonder that there is speculation that Bergeron could be in consideration for the Hart Trophy; he already owns the Selke.

I hope he continues to be this awesome and splits the vote, takes home all the trophies this year, including the most important one of all.

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MadScientist72
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He… is going to have the Selke trophy named after him at some point.

Instead of renaming the Selke, I think the NHL needs to create a new trophy in honor of St. Patrice. The Selke would remain for the best defensive forward, while the Bergeron would go to the best all-zone forward. Because Bergy’s excellence doesn’t stop at his own blueline.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I’d be all for the Bergeron Award.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

So if you duct tape them together they make one healthy body!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Ha! Vatrano’s head on Miller’s body!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Slovenia Olympic team is very very very Slovenian green:

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Anyone else having trouble getting comments to load? It’s been aggravating me for a couple weeks.

phonymahoney
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On mobile, that is

Satan81
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Yeah, what I do is scroll all the way down until the “loading” moving-dot-icon thing shows up, then scroll back up and it should load the comments.

The London Bear
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Yeah, on mobile. I hit ‘oldest ‘ and that makes them load up

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

This is what I usually do!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Jo is fed and off to earn some do re mi. I’m heading to the Commonwealth (where’s my share of that wealth, bitches?) for some jv girls hockey. Show me the money!!!!
Must I wait another day to watch the Bs win? Fine, I’m going back to bed.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Read that as “Jo is fed up” and I was going to yell at you to stop bothering her!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Ha! Probably also the case. Have you met Joe? wink

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Good point! Jo is saint!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

We’re fighting over what number to put on our playskool sniper! 88, 63, and 37 are all in play. Our first fight!!

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, hockey pals!

  • I just pulled a chest/shoulder muscle sneezing. WTF?
  • I unknowingly dropped a $10 bill in the driveway this morning. It was still there when I got up. Weird!
  • Need to get off my ass and hit the rink, then go to work.
  • Accepted a ticket to the Buffalo game tomorrow but really shouldn’t have because I shouldn’t be spending more money. I have caught a case of the dumb!
  • Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    unknowingly dropped a $10 bill in the driveway this morning. It was still there when I got up. Weird!

    People thought it was a joke bill with a string on it OR, it has been stolen and replaced with a counterfeit bill. I’m going with the latter. I’d slough that phony (pun intended) dough off on an unsuspecting colleague!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    I was reading the other day about a guy who blew a hole in his throat by stifling a sneeze. No more holding back for me now!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I read that, too! I rapid fire sneeze and have all my life.

    It’s funny, I sat with the same coworkers for 8 years and they all knew not to bother blessing me after the first one. Since the office moved and I’m surrounded by a new cast of characters, every time I sneeze multiples in a row, they all gasp like this is something new and I clearly have Bubonic Plague. Nothing to see here, friends! Every day of my life!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Hahaha! My cow worker always sneezes exactly four times in a row. I’ve never heard her sneeze more or less. Always four.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Ha! Minimum three for me.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Jo is a two sneezer every time. I hold my “Bless you” til the second one…. never disappointed!

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Holding back has never been an option for me. I usually sneeze with enough force to lift me up out of my chair… and I weigh over 250lbs (114kg)!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    If you could figure out a way to harness that power you’d save a fortune in energy bills!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    I just pulled a chest/shoulder muscle sneezing. WTF?

    Ugh, hate that. Once threw my back out coughing. Ended up on the floor in agony.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Greetings from rainy Slovakia!

    As well as all the great things Bergy does, he’s also a great team player and makes the people he plays with better. A very smart player too always in the right place at the right time.

    Just watching the Olympic opening ceremony. I do love a bit of winter sports!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Helloooooooooo Slovakia!!!!!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Saw a black squirrel this morning!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    I watched some of the Opening Ceremony while having my morning coffee. Anytime anyone thinks about complaining about cold weather, they just need to remember the Tongan guy coming out shirtless!
    Speaking of Slovakia and opening ceremonies, who can forget this wonderful moment?

    View post on imgur.com

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I hope they’re showing it again tonight because I forgot!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Pretty sure NBC will be showing it tonight. Not sure if they aired it this morning since I was watching it on CBC Canada and now rather burnt out on Canada.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Glorious moment!!!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Yeah, that was great. His bed in his apartment was too small!

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Enjoy your trip! I am jealous!