MFA: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly February 8

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Holy crap, it was quite a week of Bruins hickey, starting on Sunday when the Bruins snapped the five-season losing streak against the Capitals, the win against the Metropolitan leading Isles, and…

They should have won that game against the Rangers.

The Very Good:

  • Tuukka Rask! This week, Tuukka won two games, including a shutout against the Caps on Sunday. That shutout was a fitting way to surpass Tiny Thompson’s record for most all-time wins for a Bruins goaltender. Tuukka stood on his head and said, “Guys, I feel fine, I got this.”On Tuesday, he allowed one goal against the Isles and that one was a power play goal.

Patrice Bergeron! This week the perfect two-way player celebrated playing in his 1000th game in a Bruins uniform by scoring two in that game and by being carried off the ice by “Oh Captain, My Captain” Zdeno Chara.

And, he had 3 goals this week, to boot.

The Good:

Five points this week which beats last week’s two. And that win over Washington was exactly what everyone needed. Of course, Tuukka predicted it.

The Ugly:

Feeling like a broken record: secondary scoring is still an issue. This week only 3 /7 goals came from sources other than the top line, which is improved. Even then, assists tended to be provided by either Pastrnak or Marchand. Bruce Cassidy swapped some players back and forth to spur the scoring, notably Pasta and Heinen. This swap proved two things: (1) Pasta is that good that he doesn’t need to be on Bergy’s line (but he has earned it) and (2) Bergy, and Marchy to a lesser extent, will make anyone look good on that right wing.

This Week in Gritty:

Gritty continues to capture the national imagination, this week attending a super bowl party with Stephen Colbert and his best actor friend, Patrick Stewart.

Patrick Stewart is no Claude Giroux.

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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

He!looolo!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

He!looolo to you too!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

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IntentionallyWidenberg

Hey, my new monitor is working!
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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Holy rain and wind batman. Tried using my umbrella but that got blown around. Put the hood up on my jacket and that was immediately blown off.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Morning, hockey pals!

  • Going to the game tomorrow and I’m psyched about #Bergy1000!
  • After the game, Crashed Ice at Fenway. Yessssssss.
  • Sweenius really needs to make a significant deadline move. People are losing confidence, and we are losing time in the Bergy and Krejci window. What are we left with when they’re done? I’m not all about dumping prospects by any stretch but I am OK with moving one or two of “the has-potential-buuuuut” prospects, like Donato, Bjork , Heinen, et al. I do think Heinen has a place on this team, though. He’s a Swiss Army knife and he’s just having a rough season because Sweeney’s plan for that line fell apart in October when JFK and Freddie (not-so-ready Freddie) were not good to go. I don’t think we can or should move Urho or Studnicka. I think we should be content with trading a first and a second, a prospect like the Bjorks and Donatos of the world, and if the deal is good enough, two firsts. Fuck it. Go big or go home. A 2RW and a 3C seriously make this team a contender. Our defense is very very good. Rounding out the top 6 and addressing 7-8-9 would push this team over the edge.
  • And here I am babbling!
  • Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    I need to go to Crashed Ice sometime. Looks bonkers fun. Also:

    Also a very good metaphor for my life.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    hahahahahah, mine too

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Heinen’s an all-rounder alright – very moderate in every position! I’m not a fan. And Donato is our 3C if he gets the opportunity!

    Your hockey knowledge is about a dozen divisions above mine, though, so maybe I just have to accept that I’m wrong! I enjoyed your recap of the other night’s game on blackngold, btw.

    Enjoy the Crashed Ice, that looks brilliant.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I don’t think you are less knowledgeable at all!
    Also – thanks on the recap, I am not really into writing too much but I feel like I need to do more things I “have” to do to keep myself disciplined, if that makes any sense. Like, “hey, now it’s time to sit down and give something your full attention”.

    As for Heinen, I think those “jack of all trades but master of none” kind of players are not the most exciting players but they are a definite need.

    You think Donato is the guy if he gets the chance? I would like him to play C mainly because it’s his natural position.

    I’m not against NOT making a huge move, but they really really should try to pick up SOMEONE for 2RW, even if it’s not for run this year.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Hiya,

    Patrick Stewart’s first TV appearance was in 1967 on Coronation Street. Spookily, he looked exactly the same as he does now…

    https://youtu.be/FUwYwJ2DT_I

    I’ve seen a lot of people willing to give up Donato as part of a package for a rental. Have I been watching a different kid? I can’t understand why he’s been sent down, even. I don’t think we should get a rental at all. Waste of resources. But what do I know?!

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Wow, was Patrick Stewart born looking like a middle aged man?

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I don’t want a rental.
    That said, if we go for a rental, then I want us to go big or go home.

    For example, if they got Panarin without him re-signing, then I want them to go for a 3C too so that we can fucking WIN this year.

    If they get him and he re-signs… well, hey, then this year isn’t the only one

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    I certainly get your point about Bergy and Krejci’s windows closing imminently (painful though it is to face) but do you really think Bs plus Panarin can beat the Caps and Lightning over 7 games this season?

    I don’t think they can, but then I usually err on the side of pessimism.

    If our rental re-signs, then sure, that might be worth it. I’ve heard he’s more keen to sign in NY, FLA or California, but you never know. Is there anyone other than Panarin you’d be interested in? Simmons has been mentioned but he’s not exactly having a great year.

    phonymahoney
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    phonymahoney

    I think if they get a 3C on top of Panarin, they can compete. I think if they only get Panarin, then we are looking at the second or third round. If they do pick him up and shore up the third line situation… anything can happen. TB is very good right now, but the playoffs are a whole other animal.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Satan 81's Sister

    Tampa seems to be an odd case of great during the regular season then shows weakness during the post season.

    The London Bear
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    The London Bear

    Yeah. The Caps were like that for a long time, too. I think the chances of an upset can be underestimated, though, even in a best-of-seven.