Morning Free Association: Two U’s, Two K’s, 2 Points, 500 Games

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Have you heard that Tuukka Rask once was traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Andrew Raycroft?

I get it. Sometimes a narrative isn’t as interesting as you think it is, media.

Anyhoo, last night Tuukka Rask played in his 500th NHL game, all with the Bruins, against the team that traded him and that which he played against in his very first Boston Bruins game. And like that first one, he won this one, too.

Tuukka was sharp, stopping 21-22 at even strength, 5-6 on the penalty kill, and 2-2 on the power play.

This victory was not assured. Again, the Bruins were burned by a NO GOAL event, when Mike Babcock toyed with the Bruins by taking as much time as he possibly could when deciding to challenge the goal that David Pastrnak had just scored for being offside.

Not a problem. Pasta decided to make another goal count late in the first.

Of course, those stupid Leafs had to tie it up early in the second. Again, not a problem, because Pasta made a sick pass to Brad Marchand who potted the puck.

Again, stupid Leafs tie it up by the end of the second.

If you thought Brett Ritchie would have a big goal tonight, like he did in the season opener, then you win a prize. Brett Ritchie scored the game winner early in the third.

The B’s held off the Leafs through the period. With under five minutes, Sean Kuraly was called for hi-sticking. As the Bruins were killing off the penalty, I said to IW, “I hope that puck ends up near the penalty box when Kuraly gets out. He’s fast enough for a breakaway.”

Watch:

Okay, it wasn’t Kuraly who scored but Par Lindholm took that rebound and made the most of it.

Bruins win 4-2.

The Bruins have several days off before they face-off against a Team That Shall Not Be Named on Saturday night at the Garden.

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Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Hey All!
Got home in time to pick up the replay only missing the first Leafs goal.
I thought the Bs looked great. Charlie Coyle is quietly having a great season. Dominate along the boards, defensively responsible. Could easily be a 2C anywhere.

Still sleepy (had to watch it all!) Nap time!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Still in awe of that Pasta goal.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Pasta’s pass to B rad may have been even sicker, more sick, whatever!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Kid can hardly do any wrong at the moment. Long may it continue!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Pretty cool for him to get the win against the team that traded him on his 500th game.

So tired…so….so….tired.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi all,

A good game to win.

I hate the offside review as much as anyone, but you’d think they’d be a bit more careful on entries. I only saw the first period live but there were at least two other times when I thought “if it goes in here, it’ll get called back”. The rule needs changing but while it exists they’ve got to do everything to avoid being bitten by it (again).

Out on the town with the family last night. We went to see a Canadian dance troupe (mostly from Toronto!)! They’re from a TV show Little Bear loves and they’re touring UK and Australia (a natural double-header…)

She was a bit overwhelmed when they started the show. Let’s just say I now know what it must’ve been like to take a girl to a Beatles concert in 1964!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Yeah, the Bruins are sloppy crossing the blue line a bit too often. It’s infuriating.

On a similar note, I went to a women’s hockey game not too long ago (NWHL) and it really stood out how regimented they were on line changes. Each player was fully off the ice before her replacement came on. It pleased my sense of order, though it does occur to me that there is some advantage to cheating on that like they do in the NHL, since it is too much trouble to police it.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Other than REALLY messy changes, I don’t think I’ve ever spotted a ‘too much man’ before it was called. Don’t know how the refs manage it.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

I had a game last week featuring a thrown together group. So, a team in whita and a rainbow team. Tough to count! My partner caught Team Rainbow seconds after i counted them!

Too much men is usually a linesman’s call, one of the few they can make. They have time,as only supervise icing and offside. In the two ref system, we have to ref and line at the same time. We usually notice when the opposition is screaming

The London Bear
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The London Bear

We usually notice when the opposition is screaming

lol lol lol

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

I had to call a “too many players” penalty last night! We give adult league players a little slack on line changes, but egregious step aside, we have a new definition off muchos jugadores….. I watched for a bit to see if my almost nonexistent partner noticed, but no.
Going to a CT Whale game soon. Minnesota in town this weekend.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

. Let’s just say I now know what it must’ve been like to take a girl to a Beatles concert in 1964!
I don’t know that anything compares to the absolute hysteria that the Beatles or Elvis created. Unprecedented media inspired craziness……. We could start a fascinating B2B breakfast here!!!!
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

There was a great show on BBC the other night called Rock & Roll America, with Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, all those guys.

Amazing how they all cropped up around the same time and before them there wasn’t really any such thing as youth culture!

Exciting times, but scary too since it happened against the backdrop of the Cold War. And the music still sounds great, to my ears at least!