Morning Free Association: Are You Ready?

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Last night the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs officially started with a slate of games in various time zones. You had the Pittsburgh Penguins slaughtering the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0 in the east, the Winnipeg Jets almost letting the Minnesota Mild take the game because everyone is just so polite up in our neighbor to the north (3-2), and the Vegas Golden Knights showing everyone just how they roll in the desert with that opening ceremony that NBCSNPDQWTFBBQETC had to ruin by reminding us that there are hockey players waiting backstage. Here is some excellent pregame ceremony footage.

By the way, if you want to know how Flyers captain feels about that game…

Tonight, the Bruins start their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Garden. While Rick Nash and Sean Kuraly look to be good to go, third line center Riley Nash is still not skating and will miss this first game.

“It hurts,” said Cassidy on playing without Nash. “He’s a guy that filled in a lot of different spots. The spot we need him in right now or where he would have been is third line center.”

Cassidy noted the variety of roles that Nash has filled for the team over the course of the season.

“We lose a guy on the penalty kill that did a good job for us. A faceoff guy. I thought he was a good anchor on that line for [David] Backes and [Danton] Heinen…He’s an underrated guy that does a lot of little things well that we’ll miss.”

With Riley Nash out, Noel Acciari will center the third line and possibly split duty with David Backes, who is also known to play center.

The practice lines from yesterday indicate that Ryan Donato may start the playoffs on the bench. Just because he starts there doesn’t mean he’ll stay there.

This season is notable for the roles that the many bear cubs have embraced o each line and pair. Playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their first season must be exciting and nerve wracking. Luckily, the Bruins have a core that has been there before and knows how to guide and advise them.

“I think it’s the approach that you have towards it,” said Patrice Bergeron. “You have to embrace the challenge, you have to be ready for it. You have to expect a different style of hockey. When you’re ready for that, it doesn’t really matter as long as you bring it every night. We’re there to help them and bring them along. It’s up to everyone to do their part.”

“Playoffs, it’s a different league. You have to keep your emotions in check,” added David Krejci, twice the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ leading scorer. “Everybody is going to be excited, the building is going to be going crazy. Just be excited, but have your mind in the game and focused on the next shift.”

It is all sound advice, which the playoff newcomers are making sure to soak up as quickly as they can.

“I think they’ve kind of been a lot more vocal recently, in the last couple days, just making sure that they use their experience as much as they can, just trying to help us out,” Grzelcyk said of his veteran teammates. “It’s obviously greatly appreciated. Anything they say we’re going to take very seriously, they’ve had those experiences and they’ve won the ultimate prize. It’s great to have them around, I’ve been really fortunate.”

It’s going to be great fun to watch it all unfold.

ARE YOU EXCITED?

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phonymahoney
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He’s close!

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Cassidy says he might be ready to play for Game 2 on Saturday.

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phonymahoney
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Poor Bobby Lu! I love him.

phonymahoney
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HEY HOCKEY PALS!

Sorry I didn’t write a preview, I’ve been really busy running back and forth with my mother at the hospital. She’s doing great and will be coming home today, we believe.

Anyway, I thought I’d throw something fun together since I whiffed on the postseason preview. Hopefully this passes moderation but who the hell knows.

  • I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S GAME DAY!!!!!!
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  • Get yourselves fancied up for the playoffs!!!!!
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  • Get your workout done!
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  • Make sure the gang is ready!
  • https://i.giphy.com/media/yPhqlJccIOaru/200w.webp

  • DON’T PANIC! The Bruins will put on quite a show!
  • https://media0.giphy.com/media/p9bj7nrUPAypq/200w.webp

  • There will be great performances!
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  • There will be speed and finesse!
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  • There will be feats of strength!
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  • There will be frustration!
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  • The playoffs are crazy. You may not even recognize some of the players you see every day!
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  • If we are lucky, there will be gratuitous violence!
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  • Hopefully, this postseason ends with an awkward trip to the White House (that hopefully nobody has time to attend)!
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  • I hope you all enjoyed this.
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    phonymahoney
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    Mother fucker, I’m really disappointed that not all of these expertly curated gifs are displaying.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Ok, the irony of this is hilarious
    https://twitter.com/TonyMassarotti/status/984378172073545728
    https://twitter.com/HackswithHaggs/status/984389393669554178

    When Haggs gets to successfully correct the stupidity of the premise of your “hot take”, you’ve lost.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    So glad I muted those douchenozzles a long time ago.

    MadScientist72
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    I’d never let facts get in the way of a piping hot take

    A refreshing bit of honesty from ol’ Haggs.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IT’S PLAYOFF TIME, BABY!
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    And I have no idea which Bruins team will come to play!

    Is it the team that went on a 20+ game point streak?
    Is it the team that limped into the playoffs?
    Is it the team that managed to play .500 hockey vs playoff teams with half their roster injured?

    I DON’T KNOW!

    phonymahoney
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    it’s a mystery!

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    MadScientist72
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    Get the Scooby Doo gang on the case!
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    Satan 81's Sister
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    MORNING ALL IT’S BRUINS PLAYOFF DAY!
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Hey Pals!
    Let’s get ready to….. kick the Leasts asses!!!!!
    Snacks – check, booze – double check, tablet charged – check…….. Let’s go Bruins!!!!!!!!
    All of today revolves around getting ready for tonight……. except around lunch, when I am taking Jo’s mom to the doc.
    #Toronto Wrong!
    Hope it’s Rene singing tonight. He’s been doing this since ’76…. the year my first was born (yes, I am old!!!!! And proud of it!). Yes, I have a kid who is older than Z!!!!
    On that note – skip the coffee, give me a shot!!!l (of prune juice, I’m old!!)

    Satan 81's Sister
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    My plan is to get through work, go to the grocery store for food and booze, go home, take a nap, wake up, and WATCH THE HOCKEY!

    phonymahoney
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    I CAN’T WAAAAAAAAIT