Morning Free Association: Some Games Are Beautiful, Some Are Not

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If you watched Saturday night’s game, you saw an uneven game in which the Bruins looked unlike themselves for much of the first two periods. The defining moment was the Backes-Sabourin collision. David Backes was skating up the boards with a puck when Senators right wing Scott Sabourin checked him hard. Both men are 6’3″ and sizable enough that the hit was significantly powerful that both men were impacted by it. In one of the scariest moments of the season so far, Sabourin lost consciousness before he hit the ice, his face feeling the full brunt of impact.

David Backes noticed that Sabourin was in trouble and signaled for help. after a tense 15 minutes, Sabourin was taken off the ice on a stretcher, giving a thumbs up. Both benches cleared to see him off. David Backes, who remained on the ice the whole time, returned to the bench momentarily before going back to the room for the rest of the game with what was deemed a UBI.

Luckily, Sabourin is going to be okay.

Before the incident, David Pastrnak scored the first goal of the game, as per usual, on the power play with some angulation from Torey Krug.

Shortly afterward, Anthony Duclair tied it up.

Patrice Bergeron scored his sixth of the season early in the second.

And Connor Brown tied up a little over a minute later.

A few minutes later in the second, the Bruins went on back-to-back-to-back penalties with Peter Cehlarik serving just over a minute of a Too Much Man penalty and Brad Marchand setting records with a triple minor (hooking and a double-minor for spearing). So, for the record, the Bruins had to kill off 1:05 of 5-on-4 and 55 seconds of 5-on-3, followed up by 5:05 seconds of 5-on-4. It was tense but rewarding to see this team, this fucking team, kill off all that penalty time.


In the third, the B’s decided to win it outright. Really, when this team decides they want to win, there is nothing stopping them. Danton Heinen netted the game winner with Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk tacking on insurance goals.

With Marchy’s goal, Patrice Bergeron reached the 500 assist mark.

They’re on fire. Let’s see if they can continue the blaze tonight against the Penguins.

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The Backes/Sabourin crash really changed the momentum of the game.

It was great to see another Krug-2-Pasta 180′ bounce pass goal. I love that play.

The London Bear
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Morning folks.

I kinda lost my appetite for that game after the collision. I’m glad they won and THAT PK was something special, but still. Glad Sabourin seems to be relatively ok.

Bring on the Pens!