Morning Free Association: Quota-Trick

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Last nights game at the Garden had everything: a hat trick, a punchy face smackdown, and a quota being filled.

David Pastrnak has fully shaken off the rust after being on the shelf for nearly five weeks. In the five games since he returned, Pasta has 11 points (5 Goals, 6 Assists) including a hat trick in a five-point night. That’s right: Pasta had a stake in every goal with the exception of the last one.

ON the other side of the ice, Mika Zibanejad quietly had a two goal night with the second one happening in the waning seconds of the third. He didn’t even celebrate it. Poor guy.

It seemed like the Rags could handle the Bruins through the better part of two periods, only allowing 2 goals in that time. However, the third period became a bloodbath with the B’s scoring the bulk of their goals, making Henrik Lundqvist look awful. He just couldn’t shake them off.

Pasta seemed methodical with his third hat trick this season, scoring a goal in each period. He now has a new career high in goals for a season, 36.

Jake DeBrusk got in on the action between the second and third of the never-ending Pasta goals. Then he almost killed his linemate.

Patrice Bergeron had an eventful night. With an assist on the first goal of the game, a goal of his own later in the third, all Bergy needed was a fight to get a Gordie Howe hat trick. Alas, instead of being called for fighting Lias Andersson after the latter’s high hit, each of the players was called for roughing instead. Eh, I guess it wasn’t really a fight.

Chara had some words for the Rags, jawing with Claude Lemieux’s kid on the bench. You simply do not mess with Zdeno Chara.

Bergy’s 32nd goal of the season looked at first blush to be Pasta’s 4th of the game. Doesn’t matter because it made the game 5-2 at that point.

Finally Charlie McAvoy found the net himself to make quota.

Hooray! The Bruins bounced back from the loss in Tampa Bay with a resounding thumping of a bad team, just as it should be. Next up: a weekend back-to-back home and on the road against the Panthers and Red Wings.

Yes, we still have one more game against the Wings, somehow.

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The London Bear
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Watching a KHL playoff match. For some reason they’re playing the theme from “Duck Tales” over the PA …

Quaider4ever
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Since I live in close proximity to do many Ranger fans, I love that “King Henrik” has never worn a crown… He’s the Prince John of Hockey… Please, let Tuukka be Richard.

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Morning all. I didn’t realize the Bruins had to play the Red Wings 896 times this season.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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That was part of the agreement when the Red Wings switched conferences – they needed to be in a division with nearby Florida an the need to play at least one original-six team 896x because of their longstanding “rivalry”

The London Bear
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When an English soccer team plays against a really bad opponent the fans sing “Can we play you every week?”
Seems like the Wings said “yeah, ok then”

https://youtu.be/y6x3hfplcB4

Quaider4ever
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One of the reasons college hockey is so great – the chants!!!!

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ETD51 is hilarious

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Hey All!
Except for a little sloppiness at the end of the first, that was a pretty complete game.
I feel Pasta with Krejci and Jake is a good thing…. Give the opponents more to worry about.
I need to paddle!! Like, today!

The London Bear
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I feel Pasta with Krejci and Jake is a good thing

I’m coming round to the idea. A lot of teams’ first line aren’t that good.

We sticking Heinen back with 37 & 63? How bout Mojo?

Quaider4ever
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I think it’s Heinen’s job to lose, but he needs to step it up, as Mojo could fill that role.

Satan81
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There was a lot of line shuffling in the 3rd period. Pasta moved to Krejci’s wing while Heinen and Mojo traded off on the Bergy line.

The London Bear
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Ah good. Yeah, no reason not to make them interchangeable, I suppose

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Yeah, with the freedom to experiment during the last handful of games, might as well try out some other combinations to see what you have.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I really feel like Mojo could be a great fit with Krejci, probably maximizing his value to the Bruins, but the mismatch that DeBrusk-Krejci-Pasta can create when also having to deal with 63-37-xx is probably too much to ignore.
By all means, mix it up, build some chemistry, learn what tricks your team has in its back pocket.