Morning Free Association: Three-Point Weekend

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We’re more than midway through this month and the Boston Bruins have played eight of their fourteen games this month and completed two of their three back-to-backs. Incidentally, the last of those comes the two days before American Thanksgiving, the traditional benchmark for determining which teams will likely make the playoffs.

Thanksgiving

Friday night, the Bruins handily defeated the Leafs 4-2, although that game seemed a little closer at times before the Bruins broke through. On Saturday night, the Bruins spent much of the game leading the Washington Capitals until they gave up the game tying goal in the final minute of the third period. That game would go to overtime and then on to the shootout to determine the winner. As with all four of the shootouts this season, the B’s blew it. Getting a point against the Caps is no easy feat and earning three points in a back-to-back weekend is pretty good.

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Despite losing three games in the shootout last week, the Bruins still only have three regulation losses this season to Colorado, Montreal, and Detroit – all on the road – and they still reside at the top of the Atlantic Division. The Bruins are managing to win despite missing seemingly half the team: this week Torey Krug was lost to an upper body injury against the Flyers, Zach Senyshyn was injured against the Panthers, and Patrice Bergeron has a LBI sustained during the game against the Leafs. Add these bodies to the pile that includes Brett Ritchie (UBI?), David Backes (concussion), Jake DeBrusk (LBI), Karson Kuhlman (foot), and the LTIR defensive pairing of Kevan Miller (knee) and John Moore (shoulder). Memorize these injuries; there will be a pop quiz soon.

David thinks that quiz is garbage

The call-ups for this week Urho Vaakanainen, Trent Frederic, and Paul Carey have all been assigned to Providence after the weekend, probably as paper transactions for cap maneuverability. We’ll have to see who’s on the ice this morning for practice to see the nature of the transactions.

The Bruins next take on the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at The Rock in Newark.

Puddy

As they say in hockey…

Let's Do That Hockey

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Oh!¥ I know now!! ¥¥¥

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I miss Bear and the Gang.

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PK, sorry.

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I think everyone knows our move into the pool house has been too smooth. I was working on cars Saturday night when Jo busted in the garage cursing about smell from the oven. Seems a rodent (not a sqirrel!) About into the interior walls of the oven and yuck! We dragged the range outdoors and ventilated…. Needless to say it was take out and a chilly evening.
PS Jo doesn’t mince about…. She had a new range here by noon Sunday and we cookin’!!!!

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Ooof!
There’s about six different versions of yuck that I could picture coming out of that.

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All six apply!!

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Ew,yuck. I had a mouse in my apartment recently. Didn’t see it for a couple of days so I figured it went into the wall to live or something. Went to make my bed and found it dead just under my bed,

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I found four dead mice in the insulation between the oven and the outside of the range….. and i know there was, at least one more that i couldn’t get to…. Yup, i hurled

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Dead mouse smell is wretched.

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Morning all. If you’re gonna lose at least get a point out of it! Saw someone joke on Twitter that the Bruins are going to loser point their way to the President’s Trophy.

There’s a Leafs fan on a Discord chat I’m a part of and I think he’s ready to personally fire Babcock.

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Hey All!!
A very good three points!!! Beating the Leasts is always glorious (starting to rival Habcrushing on my “most glorious” list). Losing to the Caps bitter only for me (brother living outside DC).
Okay those three points:
Bruins tightened up defensively. The goaltending was awesome! (Need to extend Jaro!) The Caps picked on Vaakeneinenenenenen a bit. I thought he progressed as the game went on, but one on one along the boards he was a boy against men…. The Bruins have been outmuscled a couple times this season,(boy! this is a long winded third point). They are super skilled, but occasionally not physical enough (see Games 5-7 2018 SCF).

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They are super skilled, but occasionally not physical enough

What’s Looch up to these days?! Is Rinaldo still on the system?

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I’m thinking of a Maroon a Maroon, a dope, an ignoranamus type player…even though I don’t like Maroon. A Lars Eller (don’t like him either).

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Yeah I was surprised Bs weren’t interested in Maroon (or not publicly at least). He’s had three teams in the last year, right?

Eller has Habs stink!

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I feel Acciari > Ritchie… when everyone is healthy, the bottom six is a still little light. Donny??

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Morning folks.

Shootouts, eh? Ah well, can’t be too disappointed with those games.

When VA said on Friday she was hoping for two points from the weekend games I thought that was pretty wishful thinking given the opponents and the form the Bs had been in. I’m glad to be proved wrong!

Got a few hours to myself today and currently just enjoying the silence. Some might say being lazy. Nah!

Like Stripes calling time on his on-ice commitments, Little Bear has hung up her swimming cap.

Not strictly true – she went swimming yesterday- but after nine years of weekly lessons at the local pool, she’s completed all the courses they offer! Emotional times but Monday evenings will be a lot less hectic now.

Coffee time.

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Filling that time is a lot easier than I thought it would be!!!!

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Not a fan of the shootout. I’d like to see a 10 minute 3 on 3! After that, just flip a coin. This opinion has nothing to do with the Bruins sucking at shootouts….honest.

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Longer OT would be great. Either keep playing until someone scores or *whispers* call it a draw?

Are you familiar with English Test cricket? They play for five days and if that’s not enough to finish the game they just call it a draw- even if one side is easily winning!

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Or like the Pawtucket Red Sox/Rochester Red Wings game in 1981 that went 33 innings!

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Hahaha! Just looked that up on Wiki.

There was a Norwegian league playoff hockey game a few years ago that went to 8 overtimes. Some of the fans at the game were reported missing by their families!

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Ha!!

They made commemorative cups for that game. We had one for a long time but I think my parents finally tossed it.

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Right! So, play 3 extra innings, then a home run derby, or 3 extra innings, then a draw??? Although, there is a certain allure to the never ending game.

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The draw was commonplace before OT. 10 minutes of 3 on 3. If it’s not settled call it a draw. I love it. Team games should not be settled by an individual skill contest!

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When shootouts were a rarity, (e.g. only in the Olympics) I kind of enjoyed them. Now that it’s a regular thing in the NHL, it’s dumb. Bring back the tie game. I love the 3-on-3 OT but the shootout just isn’t hockey. And if you’re going to give out 3 points for OT games, give out 3 for regulation wins too.

But if the league is going to have shootouts be part of the season, maybe the Bruins should practice it more seriously? I mean WTAF, I think they’re 0-4 for the shootout in 20 games. Even guys who can legitimately snipe are skating into stick range of the goalie and trying to deke, then sweeping the puck into the guy’s pads when he isn’t fooled.

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Awww, congrats to Little Bear on her swimming graduation!

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Yes!!!! Go Lil Bear!!!