Morning Free Association: Sigh

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Well, the Bruins played their best but it wasn’t good enough, with the team falling in five games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

A lot will be said of this team, much of it terribly hot takes on Tuukka Rask, Rick Nash, and Brad Marchand. However, some fans will choose to remember this wild ride of a season, that started with a resounding win over the Stanley Cup runner-up the season before then turned to chaos as the Bruins seemingly threw more bodies on the injury pile, or rather Mt. Injury, lost games and seemed hopeless. The young guns had a huge dose of adversity which they played through along side of the veterans; with Matt Grzelcyk joining the team full-time in November, half the defense was comprised of layers with a season or less experience in the NHL. Jake DeBrusk demonstrated that he deserved a roster spot and showed tremendous drive after line demotions and motivational healthy scratches during stretches when his progress had slowed. Danton Heinen found chemistry on a line with Riley Nash and David Backes. And Charlie McAvoy just narrowly missed out on a Calder Trophy nomination while building his legend in a year in which he underwent a heart procedure and dealt with a nagging knee injury.

Truth be told, this team over performed with the amount of youth they had and injuries that racked up. That they stuck to it and won the second seed in the division is amazing.

It was a fun season. I hope the next one will be even better.

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Morning, pals!

  • I’m over the loss itself. I just hate talking about it with non-hockey people. I’m tired.
  • This season was a roller coaster indeed. A lot of non-permanent roster players played for the team this year. Here are the ones I can think of:
  • -Cehlarik
    -Swarz
    -McIntrye
    -Blidh
    -O’Gara
    -Czarnik
    -Vatrano
    -Postma
    -Agostino
    -Cave
    -Beleskey
    -Spooner

  • …We’ve had quite a wonderful mess on our hands, to be honest. It’s been super fun, guys. I have enjoyed (almost) every minute of it.
  • I’m wondering the extent of Krug’s injury and I’m also wondering about whether his puck moving game is worth his defensive ineptitude. I mean, I guess it is when you’ve got someone mobile and solid defensively as his partner, but when he’s not paired up with a very capable Carlo, it can be painful to watch. I know someone of you will think I’m crazy for even thinking about it.
  • Rask was really good in the TB series. It’s a shame the rest of the team wasn’t.
  • I’m very interested to see what the injury list looks like. I bet DeBrusk is hurt, Krejci is nursing something, Charlie needs knee surgery, and I’m hearing Bergeron is hurt, but who knows?
  • People are still complaining about Barzal on twitter.
  • “They didn’t do what I wanted.” Well, you’re not their fucking GM. Idiot.
  • Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Barzal? Oh well.didn’t Datsyuk go 171st or something? Nobody’s perfect.

    I do feel like Krug is a liability defensively. Carlo has been out so long I forgot about him..

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    The wonderful people of Jamaica, VT had a food stand set up at the take out with lots of yummy home made food!!!! There was a spaghetti dinner at their church Saturday.night with home made pies!!!!! We always buy their food. It’s one of the few towns that welcomes boaters so we like to spend a lil dough there. (Boaters are notoriously cheap!!!)

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Not sure who’s bandwagon I’ll jump on, but it has to be Western Conference. Jo likes Vegas……

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    I’ve been enjoying Vegas. Unfortunately, I think that if WPG can get past the Preds, they can get past Vegas.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    WPG is pretty nasty. Jets and Lightning would be great hockey.

    phonymahoney
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    I’m pulling for Vegas specifically because I want Canada to continue to the Cupless. Of course, it would be OK to say the Thrashers won. Heh heh.

    The London Bear
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    Not that I’ve seen any of their postseason but judging on stats they could win it, yknow! And what a story that would be!

    The London Bear
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    Hey folks.

    Disappointing end to the series – Bs just couldn’t get anything going – but you’re right the Bs are ahead of schedule and had a storming season. It was fun.

    Got to give credit to Tampa – they’re a great team. How many times have we seen the Bruins completely shut down another team’s top attackers? We were due someone doing it to us I guess!

    It’s May Fair day in our village! Think Wicker Man but with fewer human sacrifices (yeah you’re not allowed to have any fun any more smile )

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Oh boo! What’s a May Fair without human sacrifices!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Vegan wicker men – so lame.

    phonymahoney
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    DAMN.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Morning all. The kids got a ton of playoff experience and that makes me happy. I’m excited for the future. Onward and upward!
    Had a blast at the Polish Fest (and watching the game) with GH, IW, Phony, and Satan 81. Much meat and beer were consumed by all. Boo for having to go home in a few hours.

    The London Bear
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    Hard to beat Polish beer. Our local corner-shop had some Perla Medowy (honey beer) recently. I drank his whole consignment in about a week but he doesn’t seem to have taken the hint that he should order some more smile

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Ooo, that sounds good!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    The beer tent had something from Perla, but I didn’t try it. I started with Zwiec because I knew I’d enjoy it, and had a Tysic – which was sort of a Polish version of Narragansett

    The London Bear
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    There’s a street food market near our office. The Polish stand is always a favourite. Sauage, pickles and potato. And of course lunch Tyskies taste that extra bit better!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    It’s all so good though now my stomach could use salads for about a week.

    phonymahoney
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    I fucking love the food of our people. It’s so heavy, though!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Left my phone in the car – I was so disappointed to be unable to drunk-tweet during the game. lol

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Hey Pals!
    Blue Monday. Got some Mazzy Starr on as the mood music today.
    The injury but was not kind to the Bruins this spring. I think we’ll year about more injuries once the dust settles. Pretty sure Bergy was banged up. Krug was hurt before game 4…. probably long before.
    Yeah, I’m disappointed, but I feel like this team was way ahead of schedule. First round win is a good building block. I was hoping for more, but whaddyagonnado?
    Great weekend in Vermont! Camping with friends, spent a lil time upside down in a class 4, but managed to roll up. Had to use superhuman strength mode to pull myself out of a nasty hydraulic (much to friend’s amusement). Campfires and tall tales all night!!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Sounds like a fun weekend. Thanks for looking after Vermont for me while I was gone!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    You were so right about heavy since Friday night. Wow!

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Heavy winds, of course.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    The wind Friday night was bonkers.

    The London Bear
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    I was hoping for more, but whaddyagonnado?

    I’m personally not a fan of the divisional playoff system. Creates too many strong match ups in the second round. The old way, where the best team left always the worst team left just seemed a fairer way to do it.