Morning Free Association: Odds and Ends

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A couple of things that occurred this weekend that were missed in yesterday’s MFA: The Seventh Player Award and a Brad Marchand incident.

The Seventh Player Award is voted on by fans and is supposed to be awarded to the Bruins player who has played beyond expectations. It’s not supposed to be a popularity contest but it often is. This year’s recipient is Charlie McAvoy. I’m not knocking Charlie McAvoy when I say we expected this particular cub to be a star, to shine brightly on that defense as he mentored with captain Zdeno Chara. Charlie has had some adversity this year first with his heart ablation procedure in January and with his current MCL sprain, from which he is expected to return tonight in Tampa. But he has played up to expectations. Riley Nash should have won. Nash has had a career year with 15 goals and 26 assists. Before this season his career best in both was with Carolina in 2013-14. Not only that, he found his home centering the third line with Danton Heinen and David Backes flanking him, creating one hot line at times this season. Most importantly though, he stepped up to the top line while Patrice Bergeron was recovering from a foot injury for four weeks. Riley Nash is the Seventh Player but not according to the fans.

On Sunday, Brad Marchand got pulled down by the Flyers’ Andrew MacDonald and proceeded to cross-check MacDonald in the head. Marchand was penalized in-game. Upon review of the incident, the NHL Department of Player Safety determined that Marchy should be fined rather than suspended.

Honestly, the cross-check was so forgettable that I had no idea Brad would even get supplemental discipline. Ah well, at least he didn’t get a bunch of games off.

Monday afternoon, this piece of news came out: Colby Cave was recalled from Providence. Ty Anderson has a possible reason why.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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I’ve gotta say, I’m shocked that DOPS applied a penalty that seemed fair to Marchand.
I was a little worried.

MadScientist72
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Yeah, it wouldn’t have been surprising, given his history & reputation, if they had suspended him for all 4 games left in the regular season. It would have been a major overreaction, but not surprising.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

We finally got out standing/sitting desks. I can now stand around and do nothing AND sit around and do nothing!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

finally got out standing/sitting desks. I can now stand around and do nothing AND sit around and do nothing!

If you can do both at the same time – you’re multitasking!!!!!!! And freakin’
amazing!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I will find a way!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Winning is fun. Let’s keep doing that.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Am I right in thinking a regulation win tonight seals the Division? That’d be nice!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

You are right in thinking that!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Not quite, by my math. A reg win tonight give us a 4-point lead & TB has 2 games left to play. We’re currently tied on ROW, so a RW tonight would also give us a 1 ROW edge on the tiebreaker. So these are the scenarios if we win in reg tonight:
– BOS gets at least 1 point in its final 3 games = BOS takes 1st
– BOS loses all of their last 3 in reg AND either of TB’s remaining 2 games ends in a loss or a SO win = BOS takes 1st (BOS has already locked up the head-to-head tiebreaker)
– TB wins their remaining 2 games in reg AND BOS loses all of their last 3 in reg = TB takes 1st

Short version: With a reg win tonight, Boston’s magic number will be 1 point.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals!
Did you ever notice there’s only a slight difference between “pals” and “palsy”? No? Me neither.
Have to miss the game tonight so I can ref the championship of the universe (Danbury D league). Feel the electricity in the air! Oh, that’s static from the dryer, nevermind.
Coffee!!!!!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

There is this! It should give Bs fans a lil snicker. Go back to Sweden with nothing to drink from! You will use your hands to drink from for the rest of your life!!!! Long live the Sedin brothers!!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister
IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

How ‘nucks fans see the Sedins:
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How casual hockey fans see the Sedins:
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How members of the 2011 Bruins see the Sedins:
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

That synchronised gif is unreal!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

That first gif is very disturbing.