Morning Free Association: Forty-one

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In 24 days, Zdeno Chara will turn 41.

Have you selected your present for him? Remember, he eats a plant-based diet now and probably has some weird carb restrictions so it might have to be a soybean based cake.

Seriously though, 41. That is an advanced age for an NHL defender. And still, he can take on the much younger opposing forwards and shut. them. down.

In Tuesday’s 3-2 comeback win over the Oilers, Bruce Cassidy found a way to match the 6-foot-9 Chara on Oilers captain Connor McDavid for all but one minute and nine seconds of McDavid’s 16:23 of five-on-five time on ice. And it was in that 15:12 head-to-head segment that Chara and the Bruins dominated in the possession game, with a 62.5 Corsi-For percentage against McDavid, and with the B’s out-chancing the Oilers 12-to-4. (This came with nine of McDavid’s 20 zone starts beginning in the Boston zone, no less.)

Most importantly, though, the Bruins outscored the Oilers 1-0 in this span. The goal, by the way, was the David Krejci game-winner scored with 1:04 left in the third period.

McDavid’s final line read zero goals, zero assists, two shots, and a minus-1 rating, making it just the 10th home game this season in which McDavid was held without a point.

Chara telling McDavid to sit

Ty Anderson goes on to explain that this was not an isolated instance and that he’s been shutting down all sorts of players over the last three games while averaging nearly 23 minutes a night. (Actually his season average is 23:13, so this fits right in.) He’s not falling off the cliff, he’s competing very hard, he enjoys playing papa bear to all the bear cubs, especially those on defense.

At the same time, though, it’s painfully obvious that Chara has been completely re-energized by the organizational influx of youth, and he’s arguably having the most fun ever had as this team’s captain. He’s essentially admitted as much while also maintaining his professional approach to the rink and setting an example on the ice, in the gym, and on the road for any and every single one of the Black and Gold’s ‘kids’ that have made the NHL jump this season.

None of this is surprising if you read and are inspired by his amazing Instagram account.

No one is going to tell Zdeno Chara that he can’t play hockey at a high level anymore. No one will tell him when his career is over except for Zdeno himself.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Now I need to retire my Springfield rifle hockey doodle sad

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

It was a good one. sad

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I love the smell of victory in the morning.
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Had an uber long day yesterday and then slept horribly last night. I am all sorts of ugh.
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IntentionallyWidenberg
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We gotta tell them to win next time before 11PM like civilized people!
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

You can’t keep a good woman down! (I’ll avoid all the potential humor here) Jo went to work for a couple hours – just to make sure everything doesn’t get completely goobered up while she’s out. Her employees are as lost as I am without her! No worries, home made chicken soup in the pot. I’ll make her rest once she gets home.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Good for Jo (for being coherent and nearly healthy, not for working – booo!)!

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Congrats to the USA WOWmans hockey team on gold…i never doubted you.

I have a feeling that if Chara stays on the team next year the bruins will win the cup, because he will be the answer to everything.

Is it hockey yet?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The snow has melted. Now is the time we throw plastic!!!!!

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Morning, pals.

  • Great win by the girls last night – Team USA and my niece’s team, who needed to win or tie to make the MIAA tourney. 6-0 win, and (AND!) she actually got regular shifts last night. Crazy!
  • I was gonna … I don’t know, a coworker interrupted me during this thought and now it’s gone forever.
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  • I was going to take tomorrow off and go to stick and puck buuuuut it’s February vacation, so all the kiddies will be everywhere and stick and puck is cancelled.
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  • I think that was the thought I lost.
  • I’m already impatient for the next Bruins game. Issues, yo.
  • Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I’m already impatient for the next Bruins game. Issues, yo.
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    I share this issue! Other NHL games just don’t cut it. I’m not healthy enough to do local playoffs, might have to work as a goal judge tomorrow to get me through! Need (meaningful) hockey!!!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Wohoo! A Quota for your niece!

    The London Bear
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    Mornin folks.

    You’re as old as you feel. Age is just a number, and all that.

    Zee clearly works hard on his fitness and health and he’s clearly not declining. Or rather, I think he’s changed the way he plays to compensate for the fact he may have lost a touch of speed, but it’s worked.

    His instagram is a shining light in the mostly depressing world of social media.

    I hope management let’s him stay in Boston as long as he wants to, even if it might make more sense to trade him. It’s not like he owes them anything.

    Have a good day all. I’m off to indulge in a plant based diet (bag of crisps wink

    phonymahoney
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    You’re as old as you feel. Age is just a number, and all that.

    I’m definitely a hundred.

    I’m really impressed with Big Z this year… and I like your plant based diet ideas. Hahaha

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    You’re as old as you feel. Age is just a number, and all that.

    At 61 some days you feel 21, other days 121. Sometimes both on the same day!!!

    So how much ibuprofen does it take when Big Z is hurting?

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    well…i can speak from experience….hes gonna need something stronger than ibuprofen. But he is also a person that contains just a taaaad more muscle density than i ever would.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    You’re as old as you feel. Age is just a number, and all that.

    It’s not how you feel, it’s how you look!
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    “You live fast & you die young & you leave a pretty corpse.” ~ Social Distortion
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9NJBtF7zRk

    MadScientist72
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    I think he’s changed the way he plays to compensate for the fact he may have lost a touch of speed

    Work smarter, not harder!
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Hey Pals!
    My scholastic season is over, barring panicked phone calls from my schedulers. I’m ready to have days free for paddling!! Today, however, I will work ( unless someone calls saying river x is up.)
    Miss Pneumonia is sleeping. Poor Jo! She has some meds now, so maybe she’ll get better.
    Coffee for me!!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Get well soon Jo!
    You look after her, Stripes.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Ugh! Poor Jo – take good care of her!

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    Ugh Pneumonia is the worst. Hope she gets well soon.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Get well soon, Jo!

    MadScientist72
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    Miss Pneumonia

    I bet that pageant doesn’t get many people signing up to compete!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    And the judging is so subjective.
    Sure, the ‘fever’ event is straightforward, but the ‘rattling cough’ and ‘body chills’ events are really a coin flip.