Morning Free Association: Capped Off

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The sky is up, water is wet, Patrice Bergeron is nominated for the Selke, and the Bruins lose to the Capitals. All of this stuff is true and as inevitable as death and taxes.

The game wasn’t actually that bad for the Bruins because they were in it. Pretty much from the start, they were ready to play. Sure, they led in shots (32-25) and only came away with 2 goals. Because the Capitals were douchecanoes for much all of the night, the Bruins had 5 power play opportunities, of which they failed to capitalize on all of them.

That’s right, Tom Wilson you’re a

The B’s started out with the lead, thanks to Pasta and would have had an additional goal were it not for an offside challenge.

Sigh. I thought we were over this.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead into the second where it died a fiery death because TJ Oshie and his lame-o goal song happened twice. 2-1 Caps going into the third.

Can we talk about the idea of goal songs for individual players for a minute? Sure, it sounds like an awesome idea in principle but it has to be a bit of nightmare in practice. Imagine, 18 players all having their own song they want played when they light the lamp? Imagine for a moment that each is as uninspiring as a John Denver song. (John Denver is okay by me, just not at a hockey game. This is also coming from someone who would delight at hearing Xanadu by Olivia Newton-John at a B’s game, so…) So, what happens when you can’t determine who scored it? You just play something? Ugh, I would not want to be that DJ.

Anyway, Sean “Big Goals Only” Kuraly deflected a Torey Krug blast past Braden Holtby to tie up the game.

Then, 2 minutes later Washington took back the lead and never gave it up, winning 3-2 in regulation.

They showed up for this game, so that was good. What wasn’t good was hearing this news after the game:

I hope Torey’s okay.

The Bruins will play in Tampa tonight.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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I do not want individual goal songs for different players. That’s how you end up with songs that aren’t really celebratory or relevant for an arena situation. I’m not exactly chuffed for Brad’s fav Arianna Grande tune or some country tune that floats Carlo’s boat. It’s probably not fair that Tuukka would never get his Finnish death metal played. And I would just be confused when Backes finally scores one and “Baby Shark” starts playing.
Also – hey, hockey is a *team* sport. Give me one song. Change it between seasons if you like.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I think if you challenge for offsides then you automatically lose the game.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I don’t think teams should be allowed the video guy to tell the coach to challenge. It should be up to the head coach alone and he should have to challenge immediately.

It’s gotten to the point where if a challenge goes up, you know for sure the goal’s coming off.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Yeah, and I agree with you about the close calls. Just let it go. It’s kind of like the neighborhood play in baseball where umps would call the out at second if they fielder was near the bag.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neighborhood_play

The London Bear
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The London Bear

They’ve introduced video review for offside in soccer over here and it is universally hated!

As you probably know there’s no offside line in soccer – the line is an imaginary one drawn at the position of the last defender before the goalie, so it always takes them ages to make a decision and then half the observers don’t agree with the decision!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

So in conclusion, offsides is just stupid. lol

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Today I lie on the floor all day nursing my back after too much shoveling yesterday. One more storm and I can buy that snowblower!!!!! Let it by light and fluffy, please.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Okay,I got Wayne’s World on the box… Party!!!! Stan Mikita’s Doughnuts, eh??

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

You’re shoveling for spending money? That’s brutal. My snowblower is always screwed up and I’ve done quite a bit of shoveling over the past 5 years. My saving grace is that there are usually several days of rest available between snow events.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.

Well that was more like it. plenty of encouragement from that one.

Hard to believe how bad Tampa are doing but they’re dangerous on offence. 3.62 goals per game, second only to the Caps who are at 3.63. We need to be sharper defensively.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Hi Pals!
I can see the focus returning…. Bergy brought it??? He needs to bring a tad more tonight… hey , he could make Jake’s leg just a lil longer, no?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It may be selective memory but I don’t remember any opposition goal being brought back for offside this season, compared to about five Bruins goals.

I hate the video review – in a fast flowing game, when it comes to offside if it’s close enough for the refs it should be close enough, but that’s not the rule and they’ve got to make sure they’re onside. The league is too close to be wasting goals.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

I lined a ton of games. I don’t remember many calls being so controversial. Video replay is killing the flow of the game. If things work out in the long run, (they don’t)the Bruins have a few calls coming. Hopefully, they make their own luck, but a lil bank account of calls wouldn’t hur t, eh?

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Yeah, when the calls are made by eye then errors will even out, but if other teams are drilling hard to make sure their entries onside then we’ll keep suffering!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Offside is brutal. Because the game moves so fast, it gets called wrong reasonably often, yet it is super rare for an egregious offside to go uncalled in real time. So we spend 3 minutes after each goal parsing video to catch a guy who is less than a skate’s length offside (was his back foot on the ice?). I can’t think of a worse choice of infraction to disallow a goal for on video review.

That being said, the Bruins are pretty bad about being offside.