Morning Free Association: Brackets and Other Stuff

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Hello! We have shiny new NHL Bracket Challenges up right now. This one is for our website right here. And this one is for Bearly on Topic.

We can’t fill out brackets until Sunday and have to save them by next Wednesday. I will remind you later with exact times. You should join and make sure that The Tallest doesn’t win again.


Yesterday, the Bruins called up both Trent Frederic and Zach Senyshyn on an emergency basis.

Apparently, Bruce Cassidy has decided to rest a couple of forwards for the last two games of the season, necessitating a call-up of the young forwards. Chris Wagner will be sitting out tonight while dealing with a lower body injury sustained on Saturday against the Panthers. Senyshyn is relishing the chance to play with the Boston team after spending the past two seasons with the P-Bruins.

“I was a little bit more raw last year,” said Senyshyn, who has 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 62 games this season. “I definitely had to fine tune a couple things and really round out my game. I feel like with a lot of help from my coaches down in Providence that it’s gotten a lot better. I still hope to grow and take my game to the next level with a little bit of experience up here.”

“I’m still a young kid and really learning from the older guys,” said Senyshyn, who posted back-to-back 40-plus goal campaigns with the Soo Greyhounds in his final two seasons with the club. “Having guys like Lee Stempniak and Paul Carey and Jordan Szwarz, learning from those guys, has really helped me take my game to the next level. A lot of that has to do with them.”

Cassidy has a sort of guideline for what he expects from the young winger.

“You don’t know…it’s his first NHL game. You hope nerves go by quickly,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “I hope he just goes out and plays a solid 200-foot game. He’s a great skater, so put some pressure on the D, make them uncomfortable, attack off the wing. Whatever falls into place from there, we’ll wait and see.”

It’ll be good to see him get a shot and see what he’s got.


On Twitter yesterday a video of former Bruin Craig Cunningham’s skating on his prosthetic leg fitted with a special blade. The video is fantastic. It’s clear that Cunningham has worked very hard to get back what he once lost albeit briefly.

Keep in skating, Craig!

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

No night off for Carlo. comment image

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Quick, someone go kidnap Carlo and leave a note saying “Will return in time for the playoffs.”

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Another former Canadien having a rough time in Russia …

https://twitter.com/khl_eng/status/1113835944078192641

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Am I the only Bruins fan hoping the Habs make the playoffs?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Really? So you can see them get swept by the Lightning, or just because you hate Columbus even more?

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Fuck Columbus

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

I often transfer the pain of being ghosted by beautiful women onto the pro teams of their hometowns.

Fuck Columbus.
Fuck Nashville.
Fuck Winston-Salem and Kernersville?

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

But you know what? I AM A BEAUTIFUL AND GOOD MAN. I DON’T NEED THEM.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

But why do they leave me so soon without ever saying goodbye? What silent and invisible atrocity exists which my ears cannot hear–my eyes cannot see?

But I will skate alone and carry my bread–for I am the BagelBruin.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Yes. I would kill for your beard and hair…

Well, not literally – I’m not going to scalp you
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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. All the feels with the Cunningham video.

Yay brackets!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I played against a guy who lost his left arm from the elbow down…. Dude still had a heck of a slap shot, and was an awesome guy…. Also reffed a guy who has no hands… hooks instead… skates with the stick taped to the top “hand” (Ref’s inside joke was “i’ll buy you a six pack, if you call him for hooking”)… Reffed sled hockey, but i’ve never seen anyone skate with a prosthetic leg… Good on ya, bro!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I always wanted to give the guy a double minor for hooking…

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hey all!
Looking forward to seeing Shinyshins or whatever….i’m assuming that they’re shiny ’cause he skates so fast…
Expecting a Ryan Donato hat trick tonight, amirite?
Spent yesterday afternoon at a park and play (you never head down river, just stay and play on the wave) nearby. It’s called Roostertail and it will kick your ass!!! I may head back there this weekend.
Coffee!!!

Miss Muse
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Miss Muse

Shinyshins! I love it!

A friemd of mine has been keeping up with him and has noticed he’s not really playing unless they have a strong lead because they themselves have now realized he’s currently just awful defensively.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Jeez that doesn’t sound very promising.

Also – HELLO!

MissMuse
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MissMuse

Better for us tonight, hopefully. (Fingers crossed)

And HELLO to you too!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I am uninspired by Senyshen. 24 points and even +/- in 62 games is not impressive for an AHL forward who has dreams of playing in the NHL soon. (Granted, Frederic has similar numbers, but he also hasn’t impressed other than his ability to play physical).

We shall see – perhaps he will explode with skating & shooting tonight.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Good morning!

That prosthetic skating leg is fantastic. Love it.

Nice to have the chance to rest some players. Rest as many as you can! Why not?

Good win for my darts team last night! The top three teams in the league are miles better than everyone else but we’re in with a shot at fourth which would be amazing considering we were worried we’d be totally outclassed when we entered the league.

On Monday I was enjoying sitting in the garden. Yesterday it snowed. Crazy.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

So you guys are the F1 midfield of darts! lol

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It’s very similar – three great teams, one rubbish and everyone else in the middle. We’re the Haas of the league but I’m more Grosjean than Steiner!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ha! And like Haas, they keep you on the team!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

The best of the rest!!!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

How can you not love the prosthetic skate – that is awesome, and it’s good to see the guy skating again.