Morning Free Association: Somehow They Did It

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This weekend, the Bruins managed to squeeze out three points from two games they had no business necessarily winning. That Stars game on Friday was, uh, chippy.

But Brave Ben Bishop managed to play the rest of the game with such pain. Brad Marchand got two minutes for that and ten for this:

Yes, Marchand had more penalty minutes (18) than TOI (15:05).

And NEW GUY #12 managed to drop the gloves with old man, Jason Spezza.

This all happened after Radek Faksa pummeled Patrice Bergeron into the boards.

So it’s no wonder why the game was messy.

Neither team scored before the extra period, when Dallas finally ended the scoring drought.

Word came on Saturday that both John Moore (LBI) and Patrice Bergeron (UBI) flew back to Boston for testing. Zdeno Chara’s status was also updated: he’s out with a MCL injury to his left knee, for which he will be evaluated in four weeks and could be out for up to six weeks. No bueno.

On Saturday, JFK scored his first ever NHL goal.

Jake DeBrusk scored the game winner before the Coyotes got on the board.

In the tradition of (injured) Bruins defensemen before him (on the depth chart), Jeremy Lauzon said “Why can’t I be goalie?”

Bruins reportedly were staying in Arizona before heading off to Detroit for the final game before US Thanksgiving.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Nice to see them hanging in there with all the injuries. Hearts of lions!

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Satan 81's Sister

I still love whoever made this:comment image

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, hockey pals!

  • Lauzon is legit
  • Connor Clifton is fun
  • Tuukka Rask was ridiculous against Dallas
  • JFK all the way
  • I miss Charlie and Z and Bergy and Killer and Carlo and Moore and V9N
  • Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    Lauzon is legit!!
    So enthusiastic about the B’s future!! Hoping St Nick can deliver some good health!!

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    Connor Clifton
    Defense — shoots R
    Born Apr 28 1995 — Long Branch, NJ
    [23 yrs. ago]
    Height 5.11 — Weight 175 [180 cm/79 kg]
    Drafted by Phoenix Coyotes
    – round 5 #133 overall 2013 NHL Entry Draft

    Connor Clifton hockey player photo

    Regular Season Playoffs
    Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
    2011-12 U.S. National Development Team USHL 8 1 0 1 16 -2 — — — — —
    2011-12 Jersey Hitmen EJHL 28 1 11 12 46
    2012-13 U.S. National Development Team USHL 25 3 6 9 90 11 — — — — —
    2013-14 Quinnipiac University ECAC 36 5 4 9 106
    2014-15 Quinnipiac University ECAC 38 0 5 5 54 4
    2015-16 Quinnipiac University ECAC 43 7 21 28 42 20
    2016-17 Quinnipiac University ECAC 39 7 7 14 82 -2
    2017-18 Providence Bruins AHL 54 4 9 13 35 11 4 0 0 0 2
    2018-19 Providence Bruins* AHL 14 0 4 4 15 4
    2018-19 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 11 1
    NHL Totals 2 0 0 0 11

    Connor Clifton career stats

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    I’m hoping Clifton weighs a bit more now.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    Well, his fists do

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    He looks like a guy who could have a nice future in the NHL

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    Hey Pals!
    Beginning of a busy week!!! Loved the effort from the Bruins this weekend!! The one regulation goal mostly self inflicted. The energy…… WAS AWESOME!!!!!!!
    I love what Connor Clifton did!!!!!l i don’t remember him shining at Quinnipiac or with the Hitmen, but he made a big splash this weekend!! And, by the way, FUCK JASON SPEZZA!!!!!! (More skills than you can name – zero hockey sense).
    Spent Saturday on the river with Jo and friends!!!! There is nothing quite like winter whitewater!!!!!!
    Got to spend time in the biggest wave, again!!!!! Although you stay in the wave, static to the shore, it feels like you’re going a million miles per hour. Throw in snow flurries and a headwind – Boom! You’re in the Millenium Falcon!!!!l
    Okay, i might have had enough coffee!!!!

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    There is nothing quite like winter whitewater!!!!!!

    Can you actually feel anything by the end of it?! Or is the adrenaline enough to keep you warm?

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Morning all,

    Yup, pretty amazing job by the Next Men Up. Allowing one goal in six periods of regulation play with three rookie defensemen – or was it four?! Plus the forward lines weren’t used to playing with each other, especially in the Arizona game, but they were gelling quite nicely at times. They should only get better. Keep racking up those points!

    Went with Mrs Bear to see Bohemian Rhapsody yesterday. Excellent film! I used to obsessed with Queen when I was about 7 or 8 – Brian May is the reason I wanted to learn to play guitar. Still nowhere near as good as him 30+ years later!

    No more Bs hockey till Wednesday? Ah well, it’ll give them a chance to rest up.

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    Yes!!!! While a bit of a scramble at times, the D crew did okay. There were brief.periods of smooth breakouts and crisp entries. The most visible difference between Friday and Saturday was coverage in front of the net. The Bs bottled up the slot and Halak was the good Halak ( let’s face it, disregarding the D in front of him, he’s enigmatic. Brilliant at times, almost average at others. Fortunately, mostly brilliant this season).

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Oftentimes you can tell early on in the game which Halak has turned up and thankfully for us it’s most often been Brick wall Jaro.

    Bs have had strong goalie tandems all the time I’ve followed them – I wonder how much credit goes to the goalie coaches in getting the best out of them.

    Quaider4ever
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    Quaider4ever

    Bs have had strong goalie tandems all the time I’ve followed them – I wonder how much credit goes to the goalie coaches in getting the best out of them.

    Bob Essensa has been with the Bs for awhile now. A career .500 guy, not the greatest athlete, so had to be technically good and gritty. Those guys make great coaches! ( bowman,al arbour, clode, boudreau…..the major exception to the rule, of course – milbury) so, yeah, i’d give him and Bs scouts a big kudos…

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    IntentionallyWidenberg

    I’ve been convinced for a while now that the biggest reason the Bruins goaltending has been so good over the years has been due to “Goalie Bob” (and that whoever the Kings have as a goaltending coach is similarly strong)