Morning Free Association: Bruins Still Lead 2-1

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Some nights you have it, some you don’t. Last night in Toronto, the Bruins definitely didn’t have it. The Leafs proved that they won’t go down easily and Babcock made some adjustments, like moving Tomas Plekanec up to the second line, that seemed to neutralize the Bruins.

First Period:

Toronto has a game plan and it involves speed and controlling the puck. Boston was pinned in their own zone far too much in this period. By the end of the period, it looked like they had started to turn the tide.

The refs didn’t seem to want to call much, ignoring William Nylander holding and coming away with a Bruins player’s stick and Toronto icing too many men. In each game, the Leafs have had done this being called for penalties at least once each of the first two games. Apparently, the refs only recognize that penalty in Boston.

Near the end of the period, just shy of an elapsed seventeen minutes, Riley Nash tried to dish the puck off the boards and ended up with a Delay of Game penalty even though it was clear that the puck was deflected off the glass

James van Riemsdyk scored the sole goal of the period seven seconds into the power play.

The best part of this opening frame was Tuukka Rask making the athletic, acrobatic, and limber saves for which some fans hardly ever give him credit.

I would love to show you the one save on the Kasperi Kapenen breakaway but I could not find it in gif form.

Second Period:

The Bruins showed signs of life and fight in the second. The newly reunited fourth line, aka the SKA line of Schaller-Kuraly-Acciari, did a good job of moving the puck around in the zone early, takin some shots and keeping the puck in. However, they needed a big gun to help them out. At 3:06, noted goal scorer Adam McQuaid tied up the game.

Less than a minute later, Toronto’s old man, Patrick Marleau, scored the go-ahead goal.

Zdeno Chara scored his first goal of these playoffs a few minutes later.

But we can’t have nice things, at least not for long. Auston Matthews scored his first of the playoffs. The Leafs took a 3-2 lead into the break.

Third Period:

Twenty-six seconds into the period, Brad Marchand is hooked by Patrick Marleau. During the resulting power play, Toronto winger Andreas Johnsson crumbled to the ice and ultimately needed to have a play stoppage to et off the ice. The officials decided to stop play in the offensive zone of the Bruins. They never found their rhythm again after this. Every shift the Bruins looked gassed. They still peppered shots on Frederick Andersen to no avail. Marleau finally sealed the deal for the Bruins with a fourth Leafs goal and a second for him on the night.

Adam McQuaid took a puck to the head area. He was checked on the ice by Don Del Negro, went to the bench and eventually to the room. Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious.

The Leafs won’t o down without a fight. Let’s hope that the B’s find a way to take the next game on Thursday in Toronto.

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phonymahoney
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Hockey pals, I am very late, but hello

Bruins were a mess for a lot of yesterday. Let’s move on.

Of course, it would be easier to move on if we didn’t have to wait til Thursday.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Stupid game but onto the next one! I expect the Bruins to come out guns ablazing!
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MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

The hills are alive with the sound of automatic weapons fire!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I’ll show you how to solve a problem like Maria!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Pals! The sun is still coming up this morning (,pretty sure) and I will be boating, so the world is normal and the Bruins will be fine.
I don’t like to bitch about officiating, BUT you can’t call a penalty when you didn’t see what happened!!!! (Although my motto is call ‘ do like you see ’em. If you don’t see ’em, make it up!) The whistle for injured Leaf, the blown icing. Christ on an ever lovin’ crutch! These are supposed to be the best officials. Could you please get icing right?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

COFFEE with ALL the bourbon!!l!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

We could all use some bourbon to erase that one from our memories.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

You might appreciate this:
https://twitter.com/kfraserthecall/status/986029768767430656
I guess “but that player had his hand pointing up in the air” isn’t enough for some of you guys lol

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Kerry is so right! I must point out however, that’s how I got.my jaw broken.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Beer league – I duck!
Stanley Cup Playoffs – YOU FACE THE PUCK¡

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Simple solution – cage-face officials!

MadScientist72
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MadScientist72

Could you please get icing right?

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Mmmm….icing.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

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