Morning Free Association: Bruins Win!

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Originally, I wanted to call this something else but the ghosts of 2013 continue to haunt. The important thing to remember is that the Bruins won last night’s game and they did it without Patrice Bergeron.

Just prior to the game, Patrice Bergeron was scratched from the lineup. He did not take warm-ups and is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. NESN speculated that it was perhaps a concussion or some other injury that wouldn’t allow him proper movement, citing his heroics in 2013 as a proof. It is true, in the playoffs you find a way to play. However, after the game Bruce Cassidy updated the media on Bergy.

You know what, it’s better we not know. No need to exploit it. Get better soon, Bergy.

Torey Krug took only 28 seconds to score the first goal in the game.

Tomas Plekanec took longer to score his. But scoring isn’t really the story of this game, like Torey Krug is not the one hero. It was Tuukka Rask.

Tuukka kept the B’s in this game for the two periods that the rest of the team was finding theirs. For much of the first two periods, the Bruins found themselves pinned in their zone, having difficulty moving and keeping the puck out. Tuukka saved 11 of 12 in the first period, then continued to be a wall for the rest, saving 20 more shots.

At 16:55 of the second period, Brad Marchand solved the Andersen problem going bar down with a one-timer on a feed from David Pastrnak.

They took that 2-1 lead into the break.

The B’s would score only once more, an insurance goal if you will, from Jake DeBrusk.

After that, the game was the Bruins to take. It seemed that the air was sucked out of the Leafs. Frederick Andersen left the ice with 2:55 left in the game, not to return and the B’s dealt with 6 attackers for that time. They had little issue sending the puck up the ice, threatening to score the empty netter but choosing to toy with the Leafs players by eating up time and making them submit to their whims. It was glorious.

To sum up:

  • Tuukka is really good
  • Tuukka bought his team time to get it together
  • His teammates thanked him by getting it together enough to score 3 goals to win the game
  • People need to shut up about Tuukka Rask is they only say negative things
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    Well, here goes the virgin Connie Swail:
    https://youtu.be/gdfPrkw_V3M

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    Ah sports fans. The whole conversation between the two of them came off to me as “I know you are but what am I?”

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    Morning all. I think we all need to sacrifice our upper bodies to the hockey gods so we can Patrice back.
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    consider it done!
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    “a-chilled monkey brain!”

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    Sorry, not much left to give in this old bag o bones

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    Morning, hockey pals!
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  • Been up since 2:00. Dragging a little.
  • They didn’t play well enough to win. I mean, they won, so they did, but Tuukka really kept them in it. No denying he won the big game last night.
  • I can’t wait for game 5. 8:00 games would be helpful on weeknights for the purpose of getting home or TO the game on time after work. 8:00 games on Saturdays? ehhhhh.
  • I’m a little bummed I won’t be at the Garden til game 2 of the second round, god willing.
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    8:00 games on Saturdays? ehhhhh.

    I’m really annoyed at this start time because I have to work Sunday at 5:30am. MY BOSS SHOULD KNOW BY NOW TO NOT DO THINGS LIKE THAT TO ME DURING PLAYOFF SEASON!

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    Haggs realizing he needs to say something positive about Tuukka:
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    Hey Pals! Tuukka! Yup, he stole that one!! And, yes, he is an elite goalie.
    AND, Tuukka looks like he is in the best form of his career – including 2013. Back then, the team was stealing games for Tuukka……. yeah.
    I’m hoping all this wind will do Friday clean up to me, so I can concentrate on, HEY is that a shiny object? I’ll be back!

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    BTW, World U-18’s going on now!!! NHL network is broadcasting !

    Date Game Game Start Broadcast Time(s)
    Thurs., April 19 Canada vs. USA 10:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 19, 10:30 a.m. ET
    TAPE DELAY – April 19, 7:30 p.m. ET
    Fri., April 20 Switzerland vs. USA 6:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 20, 6:30 a.m. ET
    TAPE DELAY – April 20, 7:30 p.m. ET
    Canada vs. Belarus 10:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 20, 10:30 a.m. ET
    Sun., April 22 USA vs. Sweden 6:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 22, 6:30 a.m. ET
    TAPE DELAY – April 22, 7:30 p.m. ET
    Switzerland vs. Canada 10:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 22, 10:30 a.m. ET
    Mon., April 23 Belarus vs. Switzerland 6:30 a.m. ET TAPE DELAY – April 23, 8:30 p.m. ET
    Tues., April 24 USA vs. Belarus 6:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 24, 6:30 a.m. ET
    TAPE DELAY – April 24, 8:30 p.m. ET
    Sweden vs. Canada 10:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 24, 10:30 a.m. ET
    Thurs., April 26 Quarterfinal #1 6:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 26, 6:30 a.m. ET
    TAPE DELAY – April 26, 8:30 p.m. ET
    Quarterfinal #3 10:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 26, 10:30 a.m. ET
    Sat., April 28 Semifinal #1 6:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 28, 6:30 a.m. ET
    TAPE DELAY – April 28, 8:30 p.m. ET
    Semifinal #2 10:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 28, 10:30 a.m. ET
    Sun., April 29 Bronze-Medal Game 6:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 29, 6:30 a.m. ET
    Gold-Medal Game 10:30 a.m. ET LIVE – April 29, 10:30 a.m. ET
    TAPE DELAY – April 29, 8:30 p.m. ET

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    See tomorrow’s stars today!!