Morning Free Association: 74 Down, 8 More to Go

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Last night, the Bruins ended their series with the New Jersey Devils. With the 74th game of the season, the Bruins victory brought the team within 1 point of the century mark.

The Bruins didn’t register a shot within the first 6 minutes of the game but would eventually even out the discrepancy by the end of the period, with each team tied with shots on goal. Before that 20 minute mark, Patrice Bergeron would score his 29th goal of the season.

In only his second game back from a surgery on his thumb, David Pastrnak got on the board making his the goal leader he once was again, with his 32nd on the season. He makes it look easy. How can you not love this top line?

After the game, Pasta said that he felt he played worse in this game than on Tuesday. Okay, Pasta.

Then, a former short-term Bruin ruined the game. Jake DeBrusk tried to get the puck out of the corner while bracing for a hit, sending the puck onto Stafford’s waiting stick.

Going into the third, the Bruins lead was cut in half, 2-1.

Then the third period happened. It was all Bruins from start to finish.

Danton Heinen 29 seconds in:

Patrice Bergeron with his 30th at 18:42. With this goal, it’s back-to-back 30 goal seasons for Bergy for the first time ever. With his 3 assists on the night, Brad Marchand has amassed 90 points this season.

First he owns Twitter, then he owns a new meaningful stat.

Bravo

Then, a complete garbage time goal but one that was needed so very much by it’s scorer. David Backes at 19:38 on a feed from Noel Acciari.

The Bruins are heading to Florida for a long weekend. Extend this win streak boys!

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The Islanders were shut out again last night–this time against the Habs.

That victory for the Habs moved them into the second wild card spot. The Blue Jackets currently are one point behind the Habs and have the ROW advantage. I hope the Blue Jackets don’t make it because Ohio is stupid, the team name is stupid, their jerseys are hideous, and I want to see a team trade for all the big names and not make it.

Also, I want the Habs to take the Lightning to 7 games. Claude will find a way.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I am happier to see the Habs fail to make the playoffs.
I don’t see either CBJ or MTL beating the Lightning in a 7 game series. I think the Bruins are the only playoff contender that has a reasonable chance of that.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

A mom cat had kittens last night on the kitten live stream I like to watch to relax. Pretty sure Gritty’s the father:

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Photoshop a couple of googly eyes on that and IT HIM! grin

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Mom had three kittens…all gingers! Definitely it Papa Gritty!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I have no desire to participate in today.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Lousy Smarch weather. Getting a snow storm (because Satan81 is coming up from Boston today. Bahahahah!).

Also, Happy Birthday to SatanDad! (I should probably tell him that and not just post it on a hockey blog.)

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hiya,

Only saw highlights of the third period – just before Heinen’s goal it looked like Bruin caught a puck in the hand or arm, dropped his stick and went straight off the ice. Any idea who it was and if they were ok?

10-1 aggregate score in the last two games? The whole team is firing! And three 30-goal scorers on the team. Come on JD, pick it up and make it four!

So at the ASG this year they had some 3D video cameras at the Shark Tank. I’ve been watching the footage through VR this morning – it’s unbelievable!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Kuraly and no word yet. Keeping my fingers crossed it’s nothing serious.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ah, thanks! Hope for the best. That line could be key to a deep run.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

That line is key!!! I still think Krejci drives the team come playoff time. Top line will go through help for every inch of ice.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I saw some blogger once saying that in the playoffs all the first lines are so good they pretty much cancel each other out so depth lines become more important.

Not sure it’s quite as simple as that but I certainly take his point.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hey All!
Nice game last night….keep it simple!!
Good lesson for the playoffs.