Morning Free Association: Bears Beat Weather Phenomenon

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Last night’s game in Tampa started off looking like anything other than a regular season matchup between ,division rivals; it looked more like a playoff game from the start.

Both teams came out ready to play, with the each team having some significant offensive zone time at times. The Bruins led the period in shots on goal with 14 to 9. Brad Marchand, who missed the morning skate with illness, made the first dent in the scoreboard.

In the second period, Yanni Gourde appeared to score a short-handed goal.

The Bruins challenged for off-sides and actually won. NO GOAL!

For good measure, Gourde tripped Charlie Coyle, sending the Bruins to the power play.

Jake DeBrusk hasn’t been having the best of months. Once a stalwart of the second line at left wing, he’s been demoted to the third line alongside Charlie Coyle. If there’s anyone who needed too score tonight, it was him. He had had good chances early but being snakebitten, he couldn’t bury the puck. When he got a breakaway chance in the second, he took it all the way home, even after being tripped by Zach Bogosian.

The ref had an arm up during this play for a delayed penalty by Jake took care of it by himself. This way was better since the B’s just couldn’t convert on the power play.

Later in the period, Mitchell Stephens scored the actual first goal for the Bolts. That team felt emboldened by that. In the final seconds of the second period, Joakim Nordstrom dropped the gloves with Yanni Gourde after the former got a little too close to Tuukka. Both player went to the room to start their respective 5 minutes of penalty time.

The last period was super stressful. The B’s spent far too much time in their own zone. They couldn’t get much going for much of the third, taking only 4 shots on goal. Luckily, neither could the Bolts (7 SOG). The Bruins skated away with a win, 2-1. Tampa Bay still leads the season series 2-1.

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YIKES

Isles' Johnny Boychuk took a skate blade to the face in last night's game vs. Montreal. GM Lou Lamoriello said it took 90 stitches to repair the eyelid https://t.co/izkFf5UzEh pic.twitter.com/GKc4vmMnzo

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Brad Marchand is the MVP of the NHL. Brandon Carlo is an absolute beast!!!!

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The weather phenomenon was less than phenomenal!!!

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Morning all. The sky is this weird color right now. I think they call it “blue.”

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Good Morning!!!
What a game!! Saw the last two. I was a little unhappy with the “Katie, bar the door!” method of finishing a game. … How about stick to what got you in front in the first place???
Beautiful day in the north country yesterday. There was still four inches of snow up there!!

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Yeah, I hate when they go all defensive to protect a lead. You know how to stop the other team scoring? Keep the puck in THEIR zone!

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I was wondering how much was defensive strategy and how much was the Bruins running out of steam. They started off the game like they’d been launched from a cannon, and then in the 3rd they’re losing puck races and getting pinned in their own end.

They definitely seemed like they were all about getting fresh legs out there rather than generating offensive pressure. Desperation or strategy?comment image

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Yeah that’s a fair comment. It was a ‘lightning’ start to the game!