Morning Free Association: Hot Vegas Night

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Last night’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights was worth the grogginess many will feel today. In 20:33 of gametime, the Bruins doubled their goal total on the season with Brad Marchand’s third goal of the season. Once they took the lead, they never gave it up.

First Period:

Matt Grzelcyk blocked a shot during his first shift, which gave him a grand total of 35 seconds of ice time in the first period.

He would remain out for the rest of the period. The rest of the D would just have to platoon for a while.

Newish Bruin, Brett Ritchie skated hard toward the net and got tangled up with Marc-Andre Fleury, resulting in a goaltender interference penalty. Mark Stone scored on that power play.

Reilly Smith added to the lead at 8:20 with a goal of his own. Yes, it was against his former team, but that was like 2 teams ago, so does it really matter?

Finally, after going down by two goals, David Pastrnak took matters into his own capable hands.

Vegas almost went up by two goals again but Jonathan Marchessault’s redirect was called back due to be playing with a high stick.

Late in the first period, Brandon Pirri slashed Danton Heinen. On the resultant power play, Brad Marchand netted his first of the game and second of the season to tie up the game with just over a minute to go.

Second Period:

Matt Grzelcyk came back for the second period.

Brad Marchand scored on breakaway 33 seconds into the period.

Torey Krug followed that up with a goal of his own just under 2 minutes later.

Charlie Coyle crushed it all game long in ways that don’t necessarily reflect in the boxscore.

Max Pacioretty thought he scored. The puck had other intentions, bouncing off the post, and into the paint but not over the line.

Bruins lead 4-2.

Third Period:

The Bruins didn’t add to their lead, nor did they lose it. Max Pacioretty, who had been knocking at the door for the later part of the game finally scored his goal on a power play late in the third thanks to Brad Marchand’s cross-check on Brayden McNabb.

After that, the B’s had a strong last 5 minutes of the game, holding off the Golden Knights even after they added the sixth skater. The only problem is that Tuukka came up lame after the final horn.

Andrew Raycroft, former goalie and current studio analyst for NESN suggested that Tuukka was possibly suffering cramping and was possibly dehydrated. After the game, Bruce Cassidy said he wasn’t sure if Tuukka pulled a muscle or had some muscle cramping. He seemed to think whatever it is isn’t serious.

And then Tuukka gave the official update on himself. Turns out, he’s fine.

Tuukka showing that characteristic dry wit.

Next up: the last game on this road trip in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night because, you know, I didn’t want to watch the latest episode of The Good Place.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Does anyone have the gif that was based off this gif where the guy gets shot down by a laser? Asking for Satan81:comment image

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

He found it!

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I really want to go boating today, but my pain level is just above bearable. One more reason to ditch hockey…..someday!

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Hey All!
Nice win!!! Watched much of the replay, hence the late start today. Coyle….. dude is hard to move off the puck. Probably a #2 center on many teams. Loving the Bruin’s depth right now. We all know it will be needed before it’s over.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I was home in time to see highlights, then had to wait (eat ice cream) half an hour for the replay.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Vintage Sweenius with getting Coyle.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Ok, I left the house an hour+ early, robbing myself of sleep, on a night where I watched hockey until a quarter to 1, only to find out that my surprise early morning meeting is not this week.

Yeah, I’m totally gonna be at my best today.comment image

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Nice to wake up to a win.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.

Only seen the highlights but that looked like a barnstorming game! The top line turned up! Welcome to the season, boys!

I think the most encouraging thing about the game is that it was deep into last season before the Bs managed to come back from a two-goal deficit and win a match.

I’m sure Mark Stone is a fine feller but there’s just something about him I can’t stand.

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It was a good game, though the camera work confused me for a while – they were resistant to replays, and the POV was a little further out than I am used to. (though to be fair, that made it sort of like being at the rink). The Knights create a lot of motion and make a lot of quick left-right passes in their attacking zone, making them difficult to defend. I can see how they obliterated the Sharks twice in a row.
It’s great to see Tuukka start out the season so strong – he usually forgets that he can use his glove hand until 10 games in. Seeing him stumbling to get off the ice after the final horn was a bit disturbing.

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the POV was a little further out than I am used to

The low-angle one in Dallas always gets me!

Glad it was just cramp for Tuukka.

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Satan 81's Sister

I’m sure Mark Stone is a fine feller but there’s just something about him I can’t stand.

I’m this way with most people. lol