Morning Free Association: Habenfreude

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At last the Bruins return to the ice tonight to play the Montreal Canadiens for the final time this season. By final I really mean the last time: the Canadiens are 7 points out of a playoff spot in a conference in which both Wild Card spots are filled by Metropolitan division teams. Bruins players themselves seem to be looking forward to this matchup yet again.

Cliffy Hockey returned to practice this past weekend in a red no-contact jersey. While he has been ruled out for tonight’s game, he has been upgraded to regular contact, meaning his return will happen soon, likely this weekend.

This probably explains why Jeremy Lauzon was returned to Providence.

Joakim Nordstrom, who has been away from the ice while dealing with some sort of allergy issue, will return tonight.

Looks like it will be Tuukka in net tonight.

Unrelated to the Bruins but very much related to hockey: Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the St Louis bench last night during a game against the Anaheim Ducks. He was reportedly alert and awake while being transferred to the hospital but it’s still a scary situation. The game was postponed to a later date as a result.

Hopefully nothing serious has happened to him and that he makes a speedy recovery.

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Statement form the Blues:

“With 7:50 remaining in the first period of our game tonight, Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on our bench after completing his shift. Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay. He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim’s physicians. We will update Jay’s condition on Wednesday morning.”

Huge thank you to the medical staff for their hard work. All the best to Jay for a speedy recovery.

I actually forgot the Habs existed. Sure, laughing at the Habs woes can be funny. But the rivalry is way more fun when they are battling it out in the playoffs.

The London Bear
The London Bear

Dude’s played more than 1200 games – you’d think if he had heart issues it would’ve shown up before now. Scary. Can only wish him all the best.

Yeah, i remember one season (or seasonal and a half) when we just couldn’t beat the Habs. That was no fun. But it’s not much more fun when they’re a load of crap! Tight, hard-hitting games that the Bs win. Is that so.much to ask for?!

The London Bear
The London Bear

Hi folks.

Awful to see that. Hope he makes a full recovery.

Wonder what Nordy is allergic to?