Morning Free Association: 4 in a Row

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Since dropping a loss in regulation to the New York Islanders on January 18th, the Bruins have won 4 straight; 2 against the Philadelphia Flyers and 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The last 3 games were won without going to the shootout. Honestly, had the Bruins played their game throughout Tuesday’s match, they probably could have won that in regulation as well.

In Tuesday night’s game, the fourth line of Anders Bjork, Sean Kuraly, and Chris Wagner were buzzing. They had great offensive zone presence and pressure but were just unable to get shots on the net. Last night, they came out with a bee in their bonnet, this time finding the missing piece to their game.

Wagner struck gold first, taking a dramatic shot from his knee early in the first period.

Then Pittsburgh’s Cody Ceci tied it up at 15:03. But before the end of the first period, Anders Bjork takes a shot that deflects off Teddy Blueger’s behind, bounces off Sean Kuraly’s skate and into the goal. Bruins up 2-1.

The Pens were never able to claw back even after having the advantage in power plays.

Patrice Bergeron now leads the team in goals after scoring at even strength in the second and on the man advantage in the third.

Throw another body on the pile: The team lost Matt Grzelcyk during the game with a lower body injury. He had just come back after missing the past 2 games.

Next up: The Capitals on Saturday. Judging by how much I yelled “NO!” during any mention or sighting of Zdeno Chara during the broadcast, I don’t think I’m ready for this two game series.

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Hey All!
It’s friggin’ freezing! I have 3°f here with a howling wind that’s making the wind chill about -15°f. Yeah, I am not going to work on that windy ridge today.
Awesome effort last night. I’m impressed with the chemistry of this team with all the young ones. The kids are alright!!

Foreclosure sale here tomorrow. Regardless what happens, we’ll be here for a while. I think there’s a moratorium on evictions. Still, uncertainty sucks.

The London Bear
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Wow, that’s cold! The only time I’ve experienced temps like that was in Slovakia, but Sonia’s hometown is in a valley and the wind usually blows over the top and it doesn’t feel that bad.

One year though, the wind changed and was blowing through the valley. You couldn’t spend more than five minutes outside – it was literally painful!

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^That’s today!^

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Some year, in the after time, I want to go to Slovakia. I’ve only seen pictures, but..!!!!

The London Bear
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I love to go there – in part because it’s so different to London you can get a proper reset. The scenery would probably be rather more like what you’re used to, but the architecture is really cool, too.

Oh, and they love their hockey in the winter and their paddling in the summer. You’ll fit right in!

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Paddling? Would not have guessed that. We (GH & I) definitely need to spend some time in Europe. Haven’t been there in many years. I’ve always wanted to go to Rome & to Prague – never been.

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Oh yes, they regularly win medals at the summer olympics. The one where they have to paddle between gates in fast-flowing water. Not sure of the real name. Kayaking, maybe?

Prague is fantastic. Vienna too. Never been to Rome but loved everywhere I’ve been in Italy.

Stripes
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The one where they have to paddle between gates in fast-flowing water. Not sure of the real name

Slalom!

The London Bear
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Hiya.

Plenty to like about that game. Another full-60 effort. Contributions throughout the line up.

And what about that PK? By my reckoning they’ve allowed 2 PP goals and scored 2 shorties – and had at least two other great chances to score while a man short.

Of course it helped the Pens didn’t look particularly up for it – or maybe the Bs just totally stifled them?

Watched the third period this morning and noticing what a lovely day it was outside decided I’d go for a walk after. Of course by that time it had clouded over and was pouring with rain…

9C here today! Looks like there might be a chance of snow Sunday morning again, though.

Stripes
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Yup, 60 minute men!!! The Bruins forecheck and center ice pressure really bottled the Pens up. Sid looked pretty frustrated most of the evening.

The London Bear
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I wonder whether Pasta’s imminent return is giving the youngsters focus. They know there’s going to be one less roster spot soon.

Stripes
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there’s going to be one less roster spot soon.

True that! Bjork, Studnicka, and Frederic all have to be feeling that pressure.

Stripes
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Yes, the Bruins PK is the best. Bergy and B rad making the PK practically an advantage.

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Yes, a 60 minute effort. I’ve seen too many games lately where this did not happen.
And the PK has been great! I saw a tweet last night saying the Habs have scored 5 shorthanded goals – they must have just had a good game because when I looked it up I couldn’t verify it. They did still have a net deficit when shorthanded.
I think the Pens were playing well – the Bruins were just controlling the puck. And crushing them on the faceoff.

what a lovely day it was outside […] 9C here today!

(Murders LB, trying to use his body for warmth)
Yeah, just took Boomer out for his morning ablutions. It was ~7°F here.

The London Bear
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Yeah, I also saw that stat about the Hab’s shorties. It’s weird not really caring what they and Toronto are doing since we won’t be playing them.

I also see Chara was on the scoresheet last night …

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Chara got lots of love from his teammates after the assist