Morning Free Association: Top Bruins

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Let’s end this tough hockey-less week on a positive note: the Bruins are awesome.

Before the NHL closed up shop temporarily, several Bruins were having great seasons.

First of all, there was David Pastrnak, on pace for 50+ goals this season and currently tied with Alexander Ovechkin with the most goals with 48. Pasta became a legit Hart Memorial Trophy candidate this season leading in goals and in third place for overall points with 95.

Then there was Tuukka. Currently, he leads in goals allowed average with 2.12, is second behind old pal Anton Khudobin with a save percentage of .929, and is just behind Connor Hellebuyck in shutouts with 5 on the season. Jaroslav Halak is not much worse with a GAA of 2.39, a save percentage of .919, and 3 shutouts.

As for a defensive corps, we have many talented blueliners including My Boyest of Boys, Brandon Carlo, who has surpassed his highest seasonal total in points with 19 while developing into one of the top shutdown defensemen in the game. Last postseason, Connor Clifton shined as he proved himself in the playoffs. With his absence this season due to injury, Jeremy Lauzon took his spot, took his shot, and has proven that that time he spent in Providence was worth it. Lauzon even outplayed John Moore when he returned. The top line anchored by Zdeno Chara has eaten top, tough minutes regularly. Even at 43, Chara is showing that he can still compete with the league’s best, especially when they mess with his liney, Charlie McAvoy. Speaking of Cheeks, it took him a long time, but he was starting to get the goal scoring touch after having the consistent top TOI for all D men.

I love what Amalie Benjamin wrote about top defensive forward:

This goes to Patrice Bergeron, forever and always.

Absolutely. He may not lead in faceoff percentage, but face it, he’ ll always be number one in your heart.

There are many other reasons to be proud of our Bruins so far this season. Feel free to share yours.

Last but not least, some words from Bruce Cassidy to make sure we all stay healthy and safe and connected.

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Quaider4ever
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Bandy, also called Banty, a game similar to ice hockey. It is played almost exclusively in the Scandinavian countries, the Baltic countries, and Mongolia. A team is composed of from 8 to 11 players who wear skates and use curved sticks to hit a ball. Rink size varies but is characteristically larger than an ice hockey rink (about 100 by 55 m [109 by 60 yards]). The goalie does not use a stick but, alone among the players, can touch the ball with his hands. There are two halves of 45 minutes each, and play commences at the centre circle. Unlike hockey, no play is allowed behind the goals. Play begins with a “stroke off,” and each team is confined to its own half of the rink. The use of a ball instead of a flat puck makes bandy faster than hockey. Free strokes are given for penalties, such as for going over the midline. Free substitution is permitted. There are six officials in the game. Bandy originated in England in the late 18th century, and the modern game of ice hockey probably developed from it.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

“stroke off,”

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I am such a child.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I resisted telling my workmates this nugget of info when I discovered it. Would’ve drawn a similar reaction!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It’s the missing link between soccer and hockey!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hey – six on-ice officials. SIX!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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With a 100M rink, you probably need to spread out your officials!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I’ve barely heard of Bandy.
Is that the stuff that victorian-era university students used to play on frozen rivers?

Stripes
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Stripes

Free strokes!!!!

Stripes
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Stripes

Those top ten plays!!!

Stripes
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Stripes

Hi Pals!!!!
This mofo needs his MFA!!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Heya. Just been reading your FB posts. Peace & love, mate.

Quaider4ever
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Quaider4ever

Thank you!!! Friends.make life better!!!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Before all this began I was wondering about Seventh Player, and this has rekindled that in my mind.

Lots of strong candidates for someone who has exceeded expectations! We know Pasta’s great but did we expect him to lead the goalscoring race for virtually the whole season? Did we expect Tuukka to be unbeaten on home ice until February? Did we expect Chara to be a PK machine? I’d argue not.

Of course there are other worthy candidates – Carlo developing into a top-class Dman, Krug has been pretty fantastic at times, but I’d make those three my favourites.

Right, I’ve got to go and preview two Bandy matches. Once I find out what the hell Bandy is …

Satan 81's Sister
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Hahahah, I am enjoying “London Bear Learns About Random Sports”

Stripes
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Stripes

Carlo is my 7th man. Hands down.

Stripes
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Stripes

Don’t Bandy about!!!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Thanks for this MFA. Definitely need something positive these days.

Speaking off, got my free hand sanitizer. But more than anything, it was nice to see cars and people (keeping social distance) in the parking lot again and have a few moments where things felt normal.

The London Bear
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Thanks for this MFA. Definitely need something positive these days.

Seconded! It’s been good to see lots of posts on here.

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Ha! I was kinda bummed out when I looked and there were no comments – then I thought to do a screen refresh (it doesn’t auto refresh until the first comment to the post) and 19 messages appeared.
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