Morning Free Association: Woo-hoo!

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The second round has started.


I know it’s hard to believe. It actually started with the Dallas Stars playing the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Last night, it was the Bruins – Lightning in primetime and it didn’t disappoint.

Even though he didn’t score thefirst period’s lone goal, the star of the first period in my opinion was Ondrej Kase. He’s so close, he can taste it. Kase had two excellent scoring chances in this period.

The second was on a breakaway. If only he could have lifted it more. Still an excellent opportunity.

The Bruins scored in the first after Kase’s effort. Charlie Coyle deflected a slapshot from Brandon Carlo on a pass from Brad Marchand.

And then this happened: the Bruins announced during the first intermission that they have signed goalie Dan Vladar, currently Jaroslav Halak’s backup, to a three-year-extension. In this weird new world we’re in, wrapping up RFAs during intermission is the new normal, I guess.

In the second period, the Bruins showed how a well-tuned power play runs. It was a clinic, really. Moving David Krejci up to the top power play unit has worked out well. Keep him there! David Pastrnak makes it 2-0.

At one point, Zdeno Chara blocks a shot with his wrist. He hurts but he remained on the ice and in the game. I mean, this guy broke his jaw last postseason, so this is like a scratch.

Tampa thought they had a goal, however it was played with an obvious high stick from the diminuitive Tyler Johnson. Like the stick was twice his height when he passed it to a teammate, who then took the shot.

In case you didn’t know, these teams don’t like each other.

The top line finally banded together to score a goal at even strength. It was a great effort from the goal scorer, Marchand, with help from both Pasta and perfect Patrice.

Cliffy hockey is back!

Then, it started to crumble. Although he imitated a brick wall for the entire night, Halak showed that he wasn’t immune to shots that bounced off his own players. Halak lets one in from Victor Hedman that deflected off Charlie McAvoy. This happens again later in the period when the Bolts went empty net.

The final 4 minutes were stressful but the B’s held on to win Game 1, 3-2.  Next game is Tuesday night.

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That was a pretty good game, and Halak was as solid as I hoped he’d be.
I do still get frustrated at their difficulties defending the 6-on-5. I was pulling my hair out when Nordstrom ran out of gas and started failing at everything he tried. “Cross the red line before the dump in!” “You’re useless tired, have no stick, the play’s away from you and it’s 5-on-5! Get off the ice!” “Make sure you hit the empty net!”

I like what Kase brings, but until he pops in a geno, he’s giving me Jaromir Jagr retread flashbacks. At least Krejci & DeBrusk seem to be benefiting from Kase’s efforts.

Satan 81's Sister
Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I enjoyed the Gritty Toronto saga. I hope he finds his way back home.

The London Bear
The London Bear

Hi folks,

What has Kase got to do to get on the scoresheet? Crazy bad luck.

That third goal was pure hockey porn!

I’m back from a superb week away. Quite fancy another holiday now …