Morning Free Association: Two Big Wins, Four Big Points

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This weekend the Bruins made a statement – go ahead, try to beat us. Winners of three straight after two straight overtime losses, the Bruins still only have one loss in regulation back on 10/10 against the Avalanche. In this weekend’s back-to-back, the B’s outscored their opponents 10-4, including blanking the reigning Stanley Cup champion St Louis Blues.

Saturday’s game at the Garden was very close in that the teams were evenly matched, much like they were months earlier on the biggest stage. Both teams were defensively responsible, controlling gaps, making the other team get creative about making it through the neutral zone. Still, the home team shut out the visiting Blues with goals from David Pastrnak (per usual), Anders Bjork (unexpected but very welcome), and noted offensive powerhouse when it comes to empty nets, Brandon Carlo (seriously, he didn’t toe picker fall down).

Two Bruins were lost in the events of Saturday night: Joakim Nordstrom with an infection and Chris Wagner after blocking a shot. Peter Cehlarik was recalled from Providence to round out the fourth line.

The score on Sunday night’s game against the New York Rangers is misleading. Sure, it’s impressive that the B’s scored seven goals, including a hat trick for Patrice Bergeron, but the 7-4 score seems to indicate that the game was much closer than it truly was. The Rags only outshot the B’s in the third and had a game low 5 SOG in the second. Two of their goals were scored in garbage time when it seemed the Bruins were more focused on the fact that there was only 2 minutes remaining.

This game was chippy. Bergy hit Mika Zibanejad early, knocking him out of the game with an UBI.

New York took the lead a little more than midway through the first. It only took 11 seconds in the second frame to tie it up on a controversial play. Pasta was motoring toward the net when he was tripped up by a diving defender, causing him to collide with NYR goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Bergy, being in the right spot at the right time, tucked the puck in the side of the net.

Sure, Hank was mad. Maybe his defenseman shouldn’t dive-bomb.

During the stoppage to determine whether or not it was a good goal, Pasta and Tuukka got chatty.

Sometime after, Henrik got chippy with Pasta.

Less than a minute later, Brad Marchand gave the Bruins the lead, one they would not lose after a parade of goals in the second and early third.

You get the idea. Add in a goal by Papa Bear and two more from Bergy, one an empty netter, and that’s a wrap. Patrice Bergeron’s hat trick is the fifth of his career. The top line of Marchy (2 G, 3A), Bergy (3G), and Pasta (5A) shined so bright.

Versatile forward Par Lindholm left the game early in the second after a somewhat high hit. He’s reposrted to have an UBI.

Next up: San Jose on Tuesday.

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Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Enjoying Ritchie’s game. This ain’t Rinaldo, pals. Dude has okay speed, size(can’t teach that!) and goes to the net. His hockey sense is apparent. Helps replace Acciari and may have a higher point potential….. I don’t want to get overly excited as it is October, BUT…. I like to get excited!!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

You excited? That’s so unlike you! lol

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Good point about Ritchie v Acciari. I liked Noeldozer but Ritchie’s game does seem more weighted towards scoring.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Strangely, Acciari has scored a few times in FL. I don’t understand it.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Yeesh, no rest for the wicked this morning. Been busy since I got to work. Cuts into my valuable slacking off time!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Really, what do they think you’re there for?!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Show me the money!!!!!

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Satan 81's Sister

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I’ve got little respect for the Rangers after that game. They’re fast, sure, but man, so much of their final 40 minutes was a series of tantrums. Act like you’ve been there before. Fuck those guys.

A good 4 points this weekend. I hope Lindholm (and Wags) is ok.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Hey All!
Except for some third period indifference, the Bruins looked great again last night. It’s not unexpected, but it is undisciplined. Bruce may address that at practice today.. The win over the Blues isn’t that big a deal. Blues came in with nothing to play for and the outcome was fairly predictable, IMO. Still, fuck them.
Nice weekend in the hills with Jo. A nice hike on the other side of the river to get a different perspective on our house. Leaves mostly gone, but those remaining are spectacular!!!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

BTW New York, Zbinejad is not the kind of player one builds a franchise around. There are zero Bergys or Big Zees in the Rags locker room. Zero leaders. We should all take a moment to appreciate what we have in Boston.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

This leadership group really is something special. I keep thinking about the deals Charlie and Carlo took. No way they take those deals if they don’t love the locker room.