Morning Free Association: What was That?

The Bruins played the Red Wings last night, and things didn’t go as planned.

Bruins starters Patrice Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy and Tuukka Rask were not on the roster last night due to injuries, causing both offensive & defensive lines to be jumbled, and it showed.

We of course just learned yesterday that McAvoy’s injury was a sprained MCL that would keep him sidelined for four weeks

Due to the injuries, Riley Nash centered the Marchand-Pastrnak line, and Backes the 3rd line, and Tommy Wingels was in for Noel Acciari. On Defense, Charlie McAvoy’s spot was taken by Carlo, and Nick Holden swapped over to the right side, opposite Grzecyk (McQuaid would have the night off). The Bruins’ 9th-floor suite was packed.

Things started out on a positive note – Krug put a biscuit in the basket mere seconds after the opening faceoff,
and DeBrusk followed up with another less than a minute later, leaving the Bruins up 2-0 after less than a minute of play.

This lead would not last.
It was not long before they gave up two goals to the Wings.

The Bruins seemed to be lacking structure on their back end, and to make it worse, pucks were rolling & bouncing, The B’s also had their buttocks handed to them on the faceoff dot with only David Backes running over 50% (at 53%). Overall, the men in black lost the faceoffs by 67%-33%!

Later in the game, power plays were being given out to each team like candy – though not always to events that were actual penalties. This was trouble – the Bruins scored on a couple of power play opportunities, coming out to a 2 goal lead, including this one from Torey Krug

This was Krug’s 2nd of the night and 13th of the season – he would end the night with 4 points.
Marchand would also not be kept off the scoreboard

But the Red Wings got their shots too, scoring one power-play goal, and scoring two others immediately after the expiration of power plays.
Anthony Mantha:
Martin “I’d like to buy a vowel” Frk:

This doesn’t mean that all Bruins goals last night were power-play related

The two teams were tied at 5-5 after 60 minutes of play.
This led to 3-on-3 OT. It did not take long for the Krug – Nash- Marchand trio to pound Jimmy Howard, setting up Marchand for his 3rd goal of the night to win the game.

Marchand got a new hat!
Also, he now has the most OT goals for any Bruin in franchise history at 11

This still places him behind other current NHL players, including Sidney Crosby (12), Brent Burns (15), Ovi (22)

All in all, 2 points are 2 points, but yuck.

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Hey hockey pals!

  • Running around a lot this morning and I’m all discombobulated.
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  • Fell asleep by the time the 2nd began. Woke up during the 3rd. Heard it was going to overtime. Woke up during the postgame. Slept fully clothed until 6am. What’s wrong with me?!
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    it appears my fear of that Chara pairing was not completely unfounded…that was rough. Granted the bad ice didnt help anything…but you arent going to win the playoffs with play like that out of your D-pairings.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    So, yes! I found an idi.. er, uh, friend to go paddle with today! Might have to video!!!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    I’m thinking my game might get canceled tonight…. no biathalon.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Hey Pals!
    That was a wild one! Still 2 ugly points look the same as 2 clean, pretty points in the standings.
    Waiting to see if my river buddies want to face snowmageddon on the river….. I hope so!!!