Morning Free Association: All Tied Up

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There was something a bit off about last night’s Game 4 in Columbus. While the Bruins led the game from early in the first period through the end of the third, it didn’t feel like they were winning. It was one of those games in which one could easily believe that the scoreboard was in error except for when a goal was scored. The Bruins simply didn’t look like a team that was winning the game.

It was easy to make that assumption based upon their general play on the power play. Sloppy play and puck mismanagement was the norm on virtually each power play opportunity with Columbus’ penalty killers, especially Boone Jenner, jumping on the puck and easily making to down to a waiting Tuukka Rask, who really shouldn’t have to work hard on his own team’s power play. In the first period, Brad Marchand took a gamble and tripped up Jenner before he got a shot off, forcing a penalty shot which became an easy save for Tuukka Rask.

Still, the Bruins remained on the power play, on which Patrice Bergeron scored the first of his two goals.

Finally, with the last man-advantage of the night, the Bruins wizened up, stopped playing the umbrella, put out 2 defenseman on the power play and gave up no breakaways. It only took 82 regular season games and 11 playoff games for the Bruins coaching staff to figure it out.

The Blue Jackets only goal of the game came with great controversy. The puck flew up out of play into the protective netting and bounced back into play, which ended up on Artemi Panarin’s stick and eventually behind Tuukka Rask.

The explanation came from the NHL and no one was pleased with it.

The Bruins defense was pretty solid as was the penalty kill with your pairing of Zdeno Chara and Brandon Carlo sucking up a whopping 5:07 and 5:01 of short-handed time, with one PK shift lasting the full 2 mins for them.

And Tuukka Rask was awesome- sharp, engaged, focused. He went 39-40 with a save percentage of .975. Amazing.

Here are the other goals:

So, even though the B’s looked bad in situations, they played well enough in others. That top line produced 3 goals, which hopefully is just the beginning of the goal deluge for that line and others.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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I had a good feeling about last night’s game – now can they turn that into some momentum?
Tuukka has been great since midway through the previous series. I really like this Tuukka.
Are the top-3 forwards off the schneid or was this a 1-game thing? C’mon 188 line!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Meant to say, Backes made an impact (pun intended) last night. I hope he stays in the line up… Never thought I’d say that.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

It’s funny!! I’ve blown the whistle when I thought the puck hit the netting, but hadn’t. I have let play continue when I didn’t see the puck hit the netting. I have never seen a goal scorer immediately after striking the netting, as it did last night. Immediately, isn’t within a second or two immediate??? That rule might need better wording. It’s pretty amazing how they cover almost every imaginable scenario clearly and concisely in the rule books. Seriously, think up a bizarre situation and then check the rule book. They’ve already addressed it!!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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They do tend to cover every situation in the rulebook – I’m not always happy with how those rules play out in practice, but you can usually find some relevant guidance when something happens.
I need to give it another read-thru. I did not recognize the “continuous play” language on tuesday’s not-no-goal explanation when iit happened.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Does a goal count if it’s redirected off the ref? Never seen it happen but I’m guessing it does. Wouldn’t want to be that ref though!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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It does not count if redirected off a ref. I’m guessing that there was an incident and the rules committee decided they did NOT want that to become a habit.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ah ok, thanks for that! I just assumed it would count because normal play continues if it hits the ref. They may not be able to score goals but they can certainly get assists!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I usually lead the league in assists!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hahahaha! You must be popular

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

A puck that enters the goal after being deflected off a referee is no goal!!! However, similar to last night’s situation, it the puck is passed, then shot into the goal…….. We have a goal!!!!!!!!!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Bruins win. Tuukka has another “suck it, haters!” game. Kuraly continues to steal my heart. And I haz new home! So glad that fucking stress is finally over.
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

It lifts the spirits to see a Kura-leap!

Satan 81's Sister
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Oh, and the best part about new place (other than the nice sun room and washer & dryer) is it’s across the street from my soon to be ex-landlord. HE CAN’T GET RID OF ME!!!!
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Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hi All!!!!
Big win for the Bruins!!!!! Although Columbus looked like the better team for much of the game, the third period Bruins were the team we need to see going forward. Yes, it’s better to play from the winning side of the scoreboard, but the B’s looked good while Columbus looked desperate for a change. Early leads are good!!!
Heading up north tomorrow to open the sugar shack!!!! I need to do a little plumbing and spring clean up!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hiya

I was going to ask how that goal was allowed to stand, as they didn’t go into it in the highlights, but GH has sorted that out, so thanks for that!

Reminds me of the time Jack Edwards went nuts over the same thing – which was also in Columbus if I recall.

Ah well. The result is what counts. Onwards and upwards.

Busy weekend as Little Bear is going to be an Attendant in a May Queen parade tomorrow.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_Queen (in case you were wondering!)

IntentionallyWidenberg
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

That was the one! He had a point, tbf.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Awww, have fun Attendant Little Bear!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Oh, it’s Little Bear as an attendant – I missed that on the first read. That makes more sense. Have fun, Little Bear.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Haha! Yes, I wouldn’t fit in the dress smile

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Go, Little Bear, Go!!!!