Morning Free Association: Leadership

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After a deflected puck crashed into his face and ended his night on the ice on Monday night, Zdeno Chara got patched up enough and came back to the bench in the third period with a full face shield. Despite his pain and being ruled out by the medical staff, Papa Bear wanted to be out there for his cubs.

“It just shows his great leadership. He’s there to support the guys,” said fellow blue liner Brandon Carlo. “Obviously his mouth has some blood…I don’t know what’s going on in there, but he could barely talk and he’s out there supporting us.

“Just his leadership is on a whole other level, especially during this final round that I’ve seen. He’s always there for us, he’s been great communicating and he just wants to be there as a support valve.”

As of Tuesday morning, Bruce Cassidy had no further updates on Chara, stating that he needed more tests performed. This did not stop speculation and some potential substantial rumormongering.

If for some reason the Captain cannot go for Game 5 or beyond, the younger defensemen will have to step up. Which shouldn’t be that hard since this team is chock full of leadership.

Let’s remind ourselves of who we have.

We have four-time Selke winner, three-time father of future Bruins draft picks, and the man who makes God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost want to all step aside when he ascends to heaven, Patrice Bergeron who always brings his A-game. Sure, he seems quiet right now, but when he’s not telling the kids what to do and holding onto Brad’s leash, he’s scoring goals and blowing people’s minds.

Perfect Patrice

Next up we have the trickster, the guy who when he’s on, he’s slowing down time and space to get what he wants. And what he wants is more postseason points beyond the 101 he currently has. Lok at him, he’s so sneaky and he wants the cup so badly, that he went back in time and stole it from Tomas Kaberle.

Then there’s old man, David Backes. He’s new to this part of the playoffs but not to leadership. He hasn’t fully activated yet but perhaps this is his time. Plus, he’s a dog guy, so he knows how to give commands and lead.

That’s just the beginning…

Rest assured, hope is not lost if Chara can’t continue. This team has gone through a lot this season, they’re not going to let this stop them.

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The London Bear
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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

I like contact better but I’ll take this

Quaider4ever
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Please let all the Blues know…. They are not allowed contact with Grizz!!!!

Quaider4ever
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I’m hoping the 2019 playoffs will be remembered as “the Vaakeniening” (but everyone will spell it differently!!)…. You heard it hear first!!!! (and if it don’t happen, delete this conversation!!)

The London Bear
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I’d love to see him in if he’s healthy. He looked decent in the two games he played before getting cheap-shotted (is that a word?).

I thought he got hurt in Providence after that but this was all a long time ago

Quaider4ever
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cheap-shotted (is that a word?).
Damn right, it’s a word!!!

Quaider4ever
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You heard it hear??? I woke up a dumbass this morning!!!! Here!!! For fucks sake!!

BagelBruin
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BagelBruin

The Bruins will win Game 5

Quaider4ever
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What up, my ninjas?????I Questions questions, questions!!!!!! I really don’t mind if Big Are missed next game. I think Kampfer, but maybe Vaakineinen or whatever…… I almost forgot about him!!! It’s been awhile, but he could be the next Cub to defend the den, since Papa Bear has a thorn in his maw.
Keep ’em guessing!!! That’s always the takeaway in regards to playoff injuries… no matter the sport
Off days…. Aaaaarrrggghhhh!!!!
Talked with an old teammate who’s worried about the B’s…. I think Alfred E Neuman said it right. “What? Me worry??l?” C’mon, Pals! !!! You know St Patrice will ban the Blues in Boston!!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Won’t lie, if Chara is done for the playoffs then that kind of scares me. Let’s all donate our jaws to Chara.
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phonymahoney
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You’re gonna need a bigger jaw

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Also, why does that gif entertain me endlessly? Maybe it’s because the movie is great.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I kind of feel like that gif is me struggling to get out of bed in the morning.

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Hey hockey pals!

If his jaw is broken and they don’t intend for him to play, I feel like we would have heard from the team by now. Since we haven’t, I’m thinking a few things:

  • His jaw is broken but they want to see how he feels tomorrow
  • His jaw isn’t broken but they want to be mysterious a la “upper body injury” and have everyone unclear on whether he’s going to play
  • His jaw is broken but they want everyone to be unclear on whether he’s going to play
  • I am TIRED, friends.

    The London Bear
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    Mornin’!

    I don’t see why they wouldn’t tell what his status is. Maybe they think St Louis will make a different squad selection/different tactics depending on whether he’s in or out?

    Or maybe they don’t know for sure yet whether it’s broken or not.

    Also, how is Grizz? Who comes in if they’re both out? Kampfer, I assume.

    phonymahoney
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    Maybe they think St Louis will make a different squad selection/different tactics depending on whether he’s in or out?

    This is what I think it is