Morning Free Association: Carb Free Bruins

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David Pastrnak was deemed unfit to play and was declared out for Game 2 of the Bruins series against the Hurricanes.

Unfortunately, we’re not sure if it’s test related or if it’s an injury. Conor Ryan suggests that if it’s an injury, this might be when it happened in yesterday’s game.

Many people were worried, disturbed, or convinced that this would lead to a terrible outcome. In fact, “No Pasta” trended on Twitter during the first period of the game. Would the Bruins be able to win without their Rocket Richard winner?

With Pasta out, that meant that Anders Bjork was promoted to the first line alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Karson Kuhlman joined Charlie Coyle and Nick Ritchie on the third line. David Krejci took his Czech mates position on the first power play unit. This move proved to be a very good thing.

After Brady Skjei was called for Hooking against Ondrej Kase, Krejci scored the game’s first goal within a minute of powerplay time.

Charlie McAvoy has brought some real grit to his game as of late. Whether it’s letting Ryan Dzingel know who’s in charge or getting the better of Jordan Staal (which probably should have been a penalty), it’s good to see Charlie doing the physical stuff.

Of course, this physicality also brings with it a target on his back.

Everything was going well until the later part of the second period. First, Chris Wagner hit Brady Skjei in the corner, leading with his shoulder but it looked high and like an elbow to the head. The Canes scored with a real snipe on the resulting power play.

Then just about 90 seconds later, Andrei Svechnikov scored after seeing uneven coverage.

Teuvo Teravainen was called for Interference against Torey Krug. Brad Marchand took care of the puck within seconds of the end of the period to even the score.

In the early part of the third period, the Bruins defense seemed to break down. This was apparent by Brandon Carlo tripping over himself and Tuukka Rask bailing him out.

The Canes thought they scored at 3:26 despite Wes McCauley calling it “NO GOAL!” due to goaltender interference. They challenged unsuccessfully.

The Bruins weren’t effective on this powerplay. They began to play better, especially toward the end of the period. Seriously, the penalty kill near the end when the B’s pinned the Canes in their own zone was fucking beautiful. But it wasn’t enough: Dougie Hamilton scored the game winner nearly midway through the period and the B’s couldn’t light the lamp themselves.

So tl;dr; the Bruins couldn’t win this one without Pasta. They needed just a little more firepower. Let’s hope that Pasta’s injury isn’t a multiple game absence.

Bruins play next on Saturday at noon!

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Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

I ate cheese during a midnight feeding frenzy… I’m pretty sure that cheese was bad. Ugh

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Technically, there’s no such thing as “bad” cheese, just “more evolved” cheese.

I hope your cheese was not particularly regrettably evolved.

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

BTW, Brind’amour had reason to moan on that interference call.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

The goalie interference? Terravainen had Tuukka in a headlock half a second before it crossed the line, although I do think it would probably have gone in anyway given how it pinballed off Krug’s back.

Not that I’m going to argue with a ref! I’ll leave that to the coaches …

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

The interference call when Krug tripped over a guy’d leg while skating backwards. The goalie interference was a good call, IMO

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ah yes – I saw that one in the hilights and thought it was a bit soft.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Ah, I thought you were talking about the goalie interference. I was a teensy bit worried about the time elapsed from Tuukka extracting himself from Teravainen until I saw that Teravainen gave Tuuks an extra pop on the mask. Yeesh. All-in-all, a desperate challenge by Brind’amour.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I should tell my boss I’m unfit to play today.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It’s a good idea but you might be made to sit and watch your workmates while wearing a mask…

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Ha, good point! Speaking of masks, had a dream I was the grocery store and my mask kept falling down. There was also a horse racing track at the grocery store.
(There was a polo practice going on at the field behind my apartment so it’s not totally crazy I had a dream about horses!)

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

I had the “oh crap! Forgot my mask” dream again

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

We were a little late getting home…. Missed the first period. I wasn’t crazy about what i did see. Guys trying to do a lil too much on their own, some bad turnovers in the neutral zone (the canes forte), and succumbing to that forecheck. When the Dmen are skating, the Bruins are much better coming out of their own end.
Need Pasta Saturday!!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

I didn’t like much of what I saw in the 3rd. Maybe Pasta would have helped them break out of the defensive zone. That PK was something though. Marchand wanted to even up the score so much!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

That PK was dynamite!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

I had to settle for the highlights so missed out on that. It’s good they’re showing flashes of what they can really do, though. Win the next one! (and the next…)