Morning Free Association: On to The First Round

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They didn’t win a single game of the round-robin. However, in their last game against the Washingyon Capitals, the Boston Bruins seemed to have more energy, more compete than they had had in either of their last 2 games. So, there’s hope that when the B’s play their first official playoff game, they will kick themselves into that extra gear. They better find it quickly as they will be facing the Carolina Hurricanes starting on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes were the first team to advance to the first round of the playoffs after defeating the New York Rangers in 3 games. With a week off, it remains to see if the time off will help or hinder the Canes performance. Here is the full schedule of the 7 game playoff series between the Bruins and Canes.

Tuesday, August 11 at 8pm
Thursday, August 13 at 8pm
Saturday, August 15 at 12pm
Monday, August 17 at 8pm
Wednesday, August 19 (TBD)
Thursday, August 20 (TBD)
Sunday, August 23 (TBD)

Today, all the players have the day off in anticipation of the second phase of the NHL Draft Lottery, which takes place tonight at 6pm Eastern, 11pm London time. The 8 teams eliminated from the qualifying round each have an equal chance (12.5%) of winning the number one overall pick, which is presumed to be winger Alexis Lafrenière from Rimouski Oceanic of the QJMHL.

My gut says that it’ll be the Rangers who win it but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Penguins or the Oilers get the pick either. Please, not the Maple Leafs, thanks.

Speaking of the Leafs: they were shut out in Game 5 of their qualifying round against the Columbus Blue Jackets. I guess this is what happens when you don’t invest in defense and depend upon your forwards not being shut down by *checks notes* an opposing defense led by Zach Werenski and Seth Jones. These two guys are good. In fact, Toronto only won Game 4 after Werenski left the game with an injury and by going empty net early. The penalty taken by Nick Foligno sealed that game. Anyway, we can celebrate that the Leafs are out!

Both Edmonton and Toronto are truly neutral sites now that each of the home town teams has been eliminated in postseason play. It still doesn’t quite feel like the playoffs quite yet. The arena staff have been having fun with in game stuff.

Personality in hockey? I dig it!


This year we have a very tight timeframe for a bracket challenge in that if you’re going to do it, you must complete them by 3pm tomorrow. If you would like to fill out brackets, I have created 2 leagues, one for Bearly on Topic and the other for Bobby to Bergy. I hope you’ll fill them out and have fun!

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Heading out to play disc golf with Ian (my youngest)

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It still doesn’t quite feel like the playoffs quite yet.

It isn’t really the playoffs until the last Canadian team is eliminated.
Go Flyers!

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While I was making brekkie, the fan tipped over , spilled a pot of coffee, broke two wine glasses in the sink, and I’m so glad to have power back!!?

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Fans in the stands! I love it. Could do with some here today…

Had to go to the opticians this morning- masked up to go in. Came out. Walked around about half an hour before I realised I still had the mask on! (they’re not required outdoors here). And given how hot it is and how I don’t cope well with hot weather that pretty much proves masks have no effect on your ability to breathe.

Anyway.

Massive Internet issues last night. I finally got to the end of the Bs game about five hours after starting it!
Leafs being eliminated passed me by. Hahaha, what a shame.

Not loving those 8pm game starts! Gonna have to use the split sleep strategy!

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The guy parked next to me outside the hardware store was hovering near my car without a mask this morning. I’m watching him as I approach the cars – he’s just kind of standing there slack-jawed with a cart of merchandise. Eventually he opens the tailgate of his massive & pristine SUV, and he keeps trying to stuff a 4′ bag of insulation into the 3′ space behind his rear seats.
It took every bit of willpower I had to not yell “flip the seat down, you fucking genius!”

There’s no way that dude hasn’t exposed himself to the virus. I made sure to keep my car between me and him, as I was only wearing a surgical mask, not an N95.

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Morning all.
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Hey Pals, came home to power last night. Yay! Watched some Bruins in 2…. They looked… okay. Okay is not good vs Carolina. Fingers crossed, eh?

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Glad you got power back!

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I got the power!!

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Yay for amenities!

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They played most of 40 minutes of good hockey.
Washington’s stick work was generally better than theirs. The power play needs to get better. Passing could still improve. I don’t think their brains are operating at playoff-speed yet – lots of “lack of awareness” mistakes are still happening.