Morning Free Association: Rocky Mountain High

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It was Grateful Dead night at the Pepsi Center, which means that fans could find something even uglier to wear than the normal Avalanche home jersey.

I wonder what that smell is.

Local boy, Brandon Carlo, had a lot of friends and family at the game last night. If you look closely, you can see him among them.

First:

This was a fast paced period because, well, the Avs are really speedy. It really started off pretty great.

David Pastrnak opened up the scoring at 7:58.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara made it 2-0 some seven minutes later.

For the most part, Jaroslav Halak was stout, making some great saves.

At 18:28, the Bruins made a major goof by having too many men on the ice. Even Jack joked they only had 9 players on the ice. Danton Heinen decided to play the puck when he was coming on the ice but without his replacement coming off, so he went to the box to serve the bench penalty. Nathan Mackinnon scored on a rebound on the power play at 19:04 after Gabriel Landeskog skated by and through Patrice Bergeron and Brandon Carlo, took a shot on net that bounced off a post and out.

Second:

Do you ever watch a Bruins game and wonder if there are a set of rules for the Bruins and a different set of rules for all of the 30 other teams that will play the Bruins? Because I swear, it felt like that a couple of times tonight.

The second started out with a reappearance of NO GOAL. Karson Kuhlman looked to have a goal at 1:50 but it was called back for goaltender interference after a challenge by the Avs. Turns out that an overhead shot showed that David Krejci’s stick might have (totally didn’t) touched Philip Grubauer.

The score was still 2-1, Bruins.

David Backes did a dumb thing in tripping Tyson Jost and ended up in the penalty box. Thankfully the Bruins PK held the Avalanche to one shot on goal during the man advantage.

Later on in the period, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare tied it up.

Third:

The Bruins started off on the power play and Jake DeBrusk seemed to score a power play goal. Wrong! NO GOAL returned because David Pastrnak’s mother once entered the offensive zone a little early 500 years ago, so Jake DeBrusk’s goal was overturned after Colorado challenged for offside. He might have been offside, which wasn’t called. I’ll complain because this is a stupid rule that needs adjustment.

After having two goals discounted, the team never really got it together after that.

Andre Burakovsky scored the go-ahead goal at 12:54. And Colorado would add an empty net goal in the final minutes to make the final score 4-2. Let’s look at the bright side: the B’s dropped both games to the Avalanche last year and ended up almost winning it all. This year it’s going to be better!

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Ow. Brain hurt, it morning.

I’m bummed about NO GOAL getting signed – that never works out.
I hate the coaches challenge for offside. It’s a solution without a problem, so it gets used to fix the “my team let in a goal” problem. But now the NHL has the ‘you can challenge if play should have stopped’ rule for things like pucks out of play, and technically, offside is a play stoppage, so I don’t know how you get rid of it.

Dr. Medievalist
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Dr. Medievalist

No Goal is the best defense against the Bruins. So frustrating.

I’m really liking Kuhlman. Dude can skate.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I’m not a tie dye Grateful Dead person but I dig those sweaters.

A normal time game on Saturday? Finally.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hi Pals!!
Last night’s game had that feel…. I was just waiting to see how it was going down. The Bs shot themselves in the foot a couple times, nothing new there. Offside is offside, but the Kuhlman no goal wasn’t consistent with what we’ve seen in the past. Oh well, Saturday night, eh?