Morning Free Association: Flyered

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You know what? I don’t even want to talk about last night’s game. There are only so many times one can describe and only so many words one can use to describe how the Bruins blew a three-goal lead and lost the game in the shootout. Been there, done that.

However, the Bruins found a new and unusual way to lose in the shootout. Both teams had no success through four rounds of the shootout until Philadelphia’s Travis Konecny got one by Jaroslav Halak. Then it was time for the Bruins to answer or lose the game. Brad Marchand, certainly no first timer at this aspect of the game, skated to center ice and prepared to take the puck down to score. The sole problem was that he forgot to take the puck with him, instead gently touching the puck with the heel of his stick without gaining the handle on the puck. The officials got together, discussed it and ruled it a miss, which it totally was. The Flyers took the game.

Poor Marchy. He felt pretty bad about the whole thing. But mostly I’m angry at the Bruins for not getting it together enough to win a game they had the control of through the halfway mark of the game. I guess we should be glad that Pasta scored again to increase his goal total to 36 but that feels so very hollow because the team crapped out early.

Anyway, the Bruins continue their road trip tonight in Columbus. A cynical person might ask in which new way can they lose this one. Maybe we can all figure it out together.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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The Flyers took over the battle on the boards in the third. That scrum on the boards always leaves an offensive player alone, high in the slot….( Bergy has been killing it from there). When offensive team wins the scrum, and the broad street bullies did it often, things go wrong for the D. Even on missed shots, the D is scrambling to recover position and lose the race to the rebound. Extended zone time ensues and everyone can feel what’s about to happen….

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Bruins responded well to the goal that tied it…. not quite well enough, though.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

They did, and I found that kinda frustrating – “Oh NOW they can play!” Maybe the Flyers relaxed a bit after they leveled.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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And both teams played for OT in the final minute of the 3rd.

The London Bear
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It seems to me that more goals are scored on breakaways than in the shootout – certainly by the Bs.

On a breakaway, the forward charges down the middle of the ice, then tries to deke the goalie. Simple.

So why don’t they do that on shootouts? All this slowly, slowly crap. It obviously doesn’t work.

Not that I think I’m qualified to offer advice on how to go about scoring in NHL shootouts, of course! Just seems odd to me.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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On a breakaway, there’s little time to think about what to do. Angle of attack is determined by the breakout, player knows they need to move quickly. Shootout opportunity with all the time in the world to be as creative as can be and plenty of space to do it in…… the brain is running through options like a level 8 chess computer…. player. ends up dangling themselves into oblivion.

The London Bear
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Yeah, that makes perfect sense. They really should be practising them more though, considering how many points they’ve lost by being cack at shootouts.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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It drives me up a wall, and it isn’t just the Bruins that dangle too long. If you’re coming at a goalie, and he knows a pass isn’t coming, giving him time to think while you get closer and cut off your own angles is not helping you.

I’d like to see some of these guys just skate hard up an angle, make 1 fake-out move, pick a hole and hope the goaltender guesses the wrong one.

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Morning all.
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The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hope you had a nice family celebration, despite the hockey!
I noticed Gritty make a cameo appearance bottom-left of screen, and also during the shootout.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Hey Peeps!!
Got home at 5 – 4 Bruins…. Not taking the blame as the boys were already in lozer point mode.
Fuggettaboudit!! Flush that game and shuffle off to….. Columbus….. Hi! I’m in Columbus.
Got back to work on the homestead yesterday…. It was good to see the grey, grey grass of home.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I was still in the bathroom when they came back from a tv time out on the 4-on-4, so naturally they were scored on.

They gave up 2 more when GH visited the loo.
We’re gonna have to get catheters if we want this team to play defense, aren’t we.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Guess where I was when Chicago scored the Cup-winning goal in 2013!

I’d decided to get ready for bed as it was pushing 4am and the game was clearly headed for OT. Ah well …

The London Bear
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Maybe they’re going for the loser-point record? They can’t be far off.

They’re giving up a lot of goals from beyond the circles recently. Bad luck? Bad defending? I don’t know.

I like Bjork on the second line. Heinen had a strong game. On to the next one.