Morning Free Association: Monday, Gameday

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The Boston Bruins showed up to play on Saturday night. David Backes was back in the lineup and it seemed the directive was to hit everything that wore a white sweater, taking on the Leafs speed game with physicality. And it seemed to work.

The major battle of the night carried over from the opening game: Jake DeBrusk has fucking had it with Nazem Kadri. He has a good reason for this: Kadri is a piece of shit.

It started in the first when DeBrusk and Kadri had a little tussle, sending them each to the box for matching roughing calls. It’s pretty clear that Jake wasn’t fond of his treatment at the hands of this jerk last game.

In the second, after Kadri was released from the penalty box after his penalty was up, he skated onto the ice where he collided with DeBrusk. Jake looked like he was getting ready to hit with his left shoulder and had his leg out for support. Kadri looked like he took a dive.

In the third it got really ugly. Jake DeBrusk was taking no prisoners in this game and he hit Patrick Marleau into a turnbuckle. Seconds later Kadri crossed the ice with his stick ready to cross-check DeBrusk, which he did in the face. Jake was motionless on the ice for a short time and Kadri tried to go in for more before and as Zdeno Chara showed some restraint in not going to town on him.

I do not believe for one moment that Kadri’s cross-check had anything to do with backing up a teammate , rather it was an opportunity to go after DeBrusk without looking like the jackass that he is. except it backfired.

Kadri’s hearing is on Monday. Looks like he’ll get at least six games in his fifth NHL suspension.

It’s hard to remember that there was a game being played, one which the Bruins won handily with goals from Charlie Coyle, Brad Marchand, Danton Heinen, and Patrice Bergeron.

Unfortunately during the second and third periods, we lost two defensemen for the rest of the game, Torey Krug and Connor Clifton.
Krug was injured in rather spectacular fashion on this open ice hit from Jake Muzzin. Note Krug’s helmet flying off before he hits the boards.

Pray for John Moore and Torey Krug to be ready because the thought of a third pairing of Steven Kampfer and Jakub Zboril is not making me feel confident.

Bruins take on the Leafs tonight in Toronto.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Krug & DeBrusk are in the lineup, Clifton out.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I’m not convinced Tavares is entirely sure where he is after getting clocked with Grizz ‘s stick. Not sure he knows that’s Tuukka he’s shoving – just a black n gold jersey.

Not great to see when there’s (rightly) so much concern over head injuries and concussion these days.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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My take was that he was trying to ‘do his part’ in the physical game and establish himself in the crease, he was just a bit overzealous out of grumpiness, not cloudiness.

I’m glad that Charlie had the awareness to manhandle him away.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I’m not convinced Tavares is entirely sure where he is after getting clocked with Grizz ‘s stick.

In the immortal words of Ferdie Pacheco, the fight doctor, “He was on Queer St”

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hi Pals!!!
Boating and hockey…great weekend!!!
Blue Jackets, busting brackets!!! We’ll see what sitting has done for Kucherov. Not ready to count the Bolts out yet….soon, i hope.
Tonight is a big one!!! Bring that A game, Bruins!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I’d have to think that desperation would be a good motivator for the Bolts, but then they did wait until the last 80-90 seconds of a losing playoff game to go empty net.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Crazy weekend of hockey, including Finland probably burning the IIHF after this women’s worlds yesterday.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

That wasn’t goalie interference, and if it really was, it’s a horrible rule.

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

i am so tired omg

My neighborhood was rocked by a bad thunderstorm. Out in the country areas we had a tornado. Luckily, no one was hurt in the storm, but it made for a horrible night of sleep. I need a nap. It’s only 8:38am

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Glad to hear you’re safe and only tired! Heard it was crazy weather.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi all.

This was always going to be a bruising series but hell, we’re only two games in! Don’t want to have to play an all-pvd line up in round two against the Jackets…

What the hells going on with Tampa? They might still come through but any air of invincibility they had is gone. It’s wide open now. Anyone could win the Cup (maybe not the Pens…) so why not the Bs!

Btw – polite request no GoT spoilers please, just in case. It’s not on until tonight here …

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Just goes to show you anything can happen in the playoffs!

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

Tampa Bay going down this easily might actually be a bad thing for the NHL. Every league wants parity, but you also want an incentive for assembling a historic team. If you are a bottom feeder, how does Tampa losing make you feel? Just be good enough to make the playoffs and roll the dice! Likewise, will any other NHL team go after regular season greatness? Probably not.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I think one reason why the Pres Cup winner has such a bad record in the playoffs is the parity – one team has their nose in front but it doesn’t mean much in a knockout format.

But the Lightning were sooo much better than everyone else in the regular season. I know things are different in the playoffs, but it’s still hockey! Bizarre. Of course we could be speaking too early and Tampa will come roaring back.

But this also leads on to my main gripe about the current playoff format. If CBJ win this series they take Tampa’s place in the bracket and it’s as if they topped the regular season.

I loved the old format where if 8th seed beat the first seed they still have to play the highest remaining seed in the next round and subsequent rounds. There was a real consequence to only being good enough to scrape into the playoffs.

You’re right that it doesn’t give much incentive when it basically becomes a lottery between the playoff teams.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Can’t agree more about the seedings… the Bruins battled all season to get home ice over the Leafs??? It’s a bunch of bull!!