Morning Free Association: A Devil of a Time

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Going into the game on Saturday, Bruins forward Brad Marchand had 666 penalty minutes and was set to play his 666th game.

He didn’t accumulate any more PIM but he did get the only goal the power play.

Brad also was awarded a penalty shot after being hooked twice by Damon Severson twice on the same breakaway.

For whatever reason, the Bruins have a particularly difficult time playing against the Devils this year. In their first outing in December, the Bruins were stunned 5-2 in their first game back from the Christmas break. In last night’s game, they were kept to a solitary goal while preventing the Devils, playing without Taylor Hall, from scoring. They have one more meeting later this month and it will probably be more of the same, hopefully with a Bruins win.

Peter Cehlarik has been bounced back and forth between Providence and Boston this week. During Saturday’s game after almost nine minutes of ice time, he was benched by the coaching staff.

“There was a few things we didn’t like,” Cassidy admitted when asked about Cehlarik’s night. “We’ve talked about allowing guys to play through certain parts of their game and sometimes it’s better to sit and watch. Tonight, we chose the latter.

“It was a little more about his routes, responsibility away from the puck, managing it at the end of the second period in your own end. Those are things we’ve talked to him numerous times about, so we went a different route.”

Let’s hope he learned from this experience and that it doesn’t become a common occurrence.

The Bruins play again on Tuesday night when they continue their homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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MOAR FISHBOWLS!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Got 8-12″ of snow last night
Am sick of shoveling.
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BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Tuukka is on pace to only play 47 games this season. He will be well rested for the playoffs

Satan81
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I like this.

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Morning all. Winning is fun. Let’s keep doing more of that.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Cehlarik should be playing more than Backes.
Cehlarik should be playing more than Backes.
Cehlarik should be playing more than Backes.
Cehlarik should be playing more than Backes.

Carry on

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It wasn’t Cehlariks night but overall I do agree with you.
But I guess something, something, leadership, something …

IntentionallyWidenberg
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There’s been a strong thread in the Bruins hockeyverse that has been begging to put Cehlarik in place of Nordstrom. I am curious to see how they handle him being pulled once Cassidy was forced to play him in that spot.

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IntentionallyWidenberg

I think the answer is “surly”

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hey All!!
Well, it wasn’t the prettiest game to watch but a win is a win!!!
That play by DeBrusk on the goal…. sick.
I have to shovel today…. so happy about that!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Yeah, not too pretty but they ground it out and never really looked in danger.

When they lost to NJ and Carolina over Xmas they were in danger of dropping out of the playoff zone. Total transformation since then!

Satan81
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dat no-look pass from Bergy