Morning Free Association: A Win Finally

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After the past 2 games, if you weren’t feeling up to watch yesterday’ s huge manatee game, I don’t blame you. while Sunday afternoon hockey is nice for a change, lackluster performances by just about every Bruins player is not. Head coach Bruce Cassidy made some lineup changes ahead of the game to send a message: Anders Bjork and Chris Wagner  were pulled in favor of Greg McKegg (Greggory McKeggory) and Karson Kuhlman and John Moore was replace by Steven Kampfer. Of course, the D pairings were all over the place but it seemed to work out.

After dropping 4 of their last 5 and their last 2 games against New York teams by a combined score of 13-4, the Boston Bruins came out with a different, more physical energy. Captain Patrice Bergeron dropped the first body within seconds of the game start. Ryan Lindgren, who’s been kind of a dick, was a popular target of the B’s aggression.

While in his office doing his normal job, Nick Ritchie had to fend off a Rags player and ended up landing on NYR starting goalie Alexander Georgiev’s head. After getting up, he and Lindgren got into it and both were sent off for roughing, with Ritchie getting the extra minutes for instigating; this penalty was served by Craig Smith. Since there was a previous penalty being served by the Rangers, play was 4-on-4. Then, Charlie Coyle stepped up to score the first goal.

Georgiev was pulled by the concussion spotter and Igor Shesterkin finished out the period.

Before the end of the first, Trent Frederic deflected a shot from Connor Clifton for his second goal of his career and the B’s second of the game. Bruins took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

In the third, Trent Frederic continued to express his dislike for Brendan Lemieux.

With all the talk of players from New York, Long Island especially (Charlie McAvoy and Adam Fox played fro the same team as kids), Charlie McAvoy showed why the commenters should be talking about him. He makes it 3-0.

Late in the period, the Bruins got a little sloppy in their own end but were good enough to get through it unscathed. Tuukka just shouldn’t pass so close to his own empty net.

In recently history, the third period has been an iffy proposition. Back when the Bruins had a full or at least full-ish complement of defensemen and David Krejci, the third period was often the time for a comeback. Lately, not so much. So, when Colin Blackwell scored on Tuukka, it was a little worrisome. However, this was not a sign of what was to come as the B’s held off the Rags with a strong period, outshooting the Rangers 17-6 and scoring one more goal. This one was an empty net goal taken from deep within his own end by Charlie Coyle. For good measure, at the 60 minute mark, Brendan Lemieux challenged Nick Ritchie to throw down, which the beefy forward accepted.
Bruins won 4-1.

 

Next the Bruins on Washington at home on Wednesday.

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Ha! Home again as it was raining inside the garage! New, incomplete construction. At least I’m not working outside anymore!

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Time to head to where that snowy, icy driveway is turning to mud!

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Finally melting?

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I know that I’m getting melting out here. Still not seeing too much of the yard but the exposed ground is turning sloppy.
Saw a fox yesterday morning – I’d seen the tracks in the snow and been unable to pin down what they were from. They were too far apart to belong to the little mop dogs on one side, and too small to belong to the adolescent mutt on the other side. But not quite housecat-like. That’s the fun part of winter for me here – I get to see the tracks of the critters that I don’t normally see. Have seen prints from deer, mice, rabbit, squirrel, chipmunk, chickadee & now fox.

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We enjoyed looking at all the bird tracks in the local park when the snow was on the ground a few weeks ago. All different sizes.

We get tons of foxes round here, plus the occasional badger – and hedgehogs a few years ago but not seen one recently.

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One of the things I love about snow is the animal tracks! I can add bear to that list!!

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The bear was in Connecticut back yard.

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Hi Pals!
Did not realize that there was a game yesterday! Welp, the highlights looked good! After the two stinkers that I did witness, I’m not sure I would have watched anyway.

Another working weekend….. that’s getting old. Trying to keep the pedal to the metal, even if that means falling asleep at 8pm most nights. grin

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There will be more rough patches, but the Bruins have the ability to recover in a big way from slumps. I’m thinking that the kids will benefit from a shortened season. Most aren’t used to that 84 plus playoffs grind.

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Sunday was MUCH more satisfying. I’m not entirely sure the goaltending has settled down, but the constellation of D pairs was better, puck possession was better, and the shots on net were more dangerous. It looked more like a division contender playing a sub-par opponent.

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Lots of problems with the internet this weekend…. again.

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Morning folks,

well, that was more like it. Let’s hope the Bs are over their slump. Probably a good things the Rags scored in the third so that the Bruins could avoid immediately letting in three more goals and get that monkey off their back!

Sorry I missed you guys Saturday night. I’m struggling with late nights recently. A lack of exercise and fresh air isn’t helping but the schools are opening up next week, so that will force me out of the house every morning and hopefully give me a bit more energy!