Morning Free Association: Daniel Vladar, the Legend

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Last night in Pittsburgh, the Boston Bruins tried something new; a young goaltender playing in his first regular season NHL game. Against the Penguins, Dan Vladar had a pretty good night.

Early in the game, Dan Vladar got his welcome to the NHL moment when he had an incredible paddle save.

He made other great saves throughout the game as well.

All-in-all he saved 34-35 shots through 60 minutes for a great (small sample size) save percentage of .971.

That wasn’t all that happened in this game. The Tin Man, aka Jarred Tinordi, managed to check Evgeni Malkin enough to physically remove him from the game. Of course, Tinordi himself would be knocked out of the game after receiving what looked like a good, clean hit that resulted in a bad result. Well, it was a good hit but Brandon Tanev seemed to have taken too many strides on his way and Tinordi fell awkwardly.

Tanev was called for Boarding and given a game misconduct as a result on top of the five minute major. While it’s clear that something should be assessed for the way he approached the hit, the refs decided to make boarding a catch-all penalty in this instance.

It’s almost as if one of the refs, Pierre Lambert, wanted to avoid the situation that happened when he failed to call Tom Wilson for boarding Brandon Carlo earlier in the month.

Tinordi has an upper body injury and as Bruce Cassidy said, it’s not good.

Now the fun part: the winning goals. David Pastrnak nets his 13th on the year on the power play in the first.

Brandon Tanev tied it up in the first. It remained tied until Trent Frederic stepped up. His fourth on the year is the game winner.

The Bruins head to Buffalo next for two games starting on Thursday.

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Hey people.

I really need to get back into checking in on here.

Anyway, great night of hockey for me. Bruins won and one of my rec teams won our semi-final match. Championship is tomorrow night.

The London Bear
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Good luck! Or break a leg! Whatever it is you say to hockey players!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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WOOO! Congrats!
Good luck in the final!

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Go get ’em, buddy! Nothing like that championship feeling no matter what league you play in.

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Dan Vladar
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the Legend
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Vlad the Impaler! He’ll need to watch some Billy Smith highlights to earn that handle

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Morning all. Shaping up to be a beautiful day outside! (And after my last propane bill, my bank account will certainly appreciate that!)

The London Bear
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Well at least you dobt live in Texas. Some unbelievable stories of heating bills there the other month!

Pouring rain here. It wasnt forecast, but its wednesday so theres an unwritten rule!

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Somebody should write these rules down!

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Oof. We will be using propane, but are hoping we’ve made the house efficient enough to offset the cost. If you own your own propane tank, you can save signicant dolares per gallon, or pound, or however you measure that stuff

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Fortunately my Rinnai is pretty efficient (and helps that it’s a small apartment). I can usually keep it set pretty low and still be pretty toasty. But a few too many cold days had it working overtime a bit.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I’ve been enjoying how much lower my electricity bills have been since I’ve been running the stove all winter. I just avoid looking at how much I’m spending on fuel for the stove.comment image
(it’s a lot)

The London Bear
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Can you not use that huge tree that came down in your driveway?

IntentionallyWidenberg
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2 things:
1. I have disconnected the wood stove to make room for a pellet stove. The pellets are compressed sawdust. I don’t have a hammer-mill to turn felled tree into sawdust or a pellet press to turn sawdust into fuel pellets.
2. It is best to wait a year after harvesting a tree before burning so the creosote from the sap does not settle on the interior of the chimney.

But normally I would totally render that tree into firewood. I actually have about a ton of firewood sitting around, much of which is chopped up deadfall from previous seasons.

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The woodstove vs pellet stove is a great debate. Pellet stove is neater, more consistent heat. Firewood can be free (almost), if you want to do the work.

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The trump card for the pellet stove was safety and daily maintenance overhead.

The wood stove would require repacking every 8 hours minimum, even with an experienced operator, would get so hot on the outside as to boil water, and therefore could badly burn an unattended housepet, and had the risk of filling the house with carbon monoxide if we did not attend to it in a timely manner.

It also provided much more heat, and operated even during extended power outages. If I’d known that the dog would generally avoid it, and that I’d be home every day, I probably would have stuck with the wood stove. I could put a pot of water on top to humidify the house, and burn some of the organic parts of my household garbage.

I’ve never relied on GH to operate either, but the pellet stove requires less finesse to operate., so I know she’d be able to handle it with little instruction. Dump pellets into hopper before bedtime and when waking up. Use thermostat to adjust heat.
After every bag or two of fuel, (or if it is really noisy) turn off thermostat for 15 minutes, then vacuum out the ash. See if the trap door in the firepot will open to speed up cleaning.
Clean thoroughly 1x/week

The London Bear
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Hi folks.

Solid win. Those goals were pretty and what an amazing show from Vladar!

Hopefully that will give them some confidence heading to Buffalo.

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Good Morning,
Very pleased with the game! Sometimes a team can be motivated by the insertion of a young goalie. Conciously or unconciously, the players know they owe Vladar for that embarrassing situation they put him in in the bubble last season. Plus, he had a bunch of Marlbor, er Providence teammates on board for familiarity. Vladar more than held up his end of the bargain. Great debut.
After watching the hit on Tinordi a couple times, two things caught my attention. Tanev took a lot of steps in a hurry to get to Tinordi (Charging). The initial hit is great, but as Tinordi is falling, Tanev extends his arms to drive Tinordi toward the boards (Boarding). The result makes the Boarding Major warranted, IMO. An injury figures into the punishment, regardless of the offender’s intent. I don’t think supplemental discipline is neccessary, but i agree with the call.

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I just hope Tinordi is relatively on after that. He was out cold after going into the boards.

I noticed the linesman getting in the way along the boards a few times during that game and getting tangled up with players. Maybe it happens all the time and I just dont notice. Is it entirely on the linesman to stay out of the way, or is there some expectation on the players to not try to carry the puck through an official?

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The linesman can back into the zone as far as he needs to in order to avod interfering in the play however, you want to be at or near the blue line when the puck crosses it. Most linesmen will vocalize… “heads up, heads up!”. Sometimes you can step out into center ice as play passes. Sometimes there’s nowhere to go. You can try to matador the players by you. Sometimes you have to check them to avoid gettin destroyed. NHL officials are great skaters…. just not as good as the players. You do your best. The linesman on the bench side of the rink has a tougher job as he also has players coming over the boards or through the bench doors behind him. These guys really earn their dough!

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When i lined, i always told the refs that they should get the smsller paycheck as the linesmen work their asses off.

The London Bear
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The linesman on the bench side of the rink has a tougher job 

Ah yeah, I didnt think of that! Got to be aware of all the bodies hurdling over the boards AND notice everything going on crossing the line. A mental workout as well as physical one.

(I was going to say you’ve got players whizzing over the boards, but I seem to recall that has a double meaning on your side of the pond!)

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Hybrid icing has only added toa linesman’s chores as theyhave to sprint down to see who wins the race (it doesn’t look good if you make the call from the blue line. Anytime there is a whistle at the net, both linesmen will move in quickly to ensure there are no altercations, retrieve the puck, and conduct the face off. Faceoffs are another skill. A linesman has to take control of faceoff circles early in the game. Otherwise, they start looking like a bunch of monkeys trying to fuck a football. I loved lining because you are so involved.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I always enjoy hearing the viewpoint from an experienced official on these controversial incidents. It puts things in perspective when I’m playing armchair-quarterback. I hadn’t even thought about the push-off.

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The hit that felled Malkin. Looks pretty clean. I took no notice of it at the time.

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Great hit. Clean. If Malkin goes into him instead of pulling up, different result. Malkin may have already been nursing something of a UBI

IntentionallyWidenberg
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He does have a concussion history. That’s the only thing I can figure as a cause, because the hit is tough, but doesn’t seem to impact Malkin’s jaw, nor does his head hit anything.

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And the view we didn’t get on the Tanev hit:

The London Bear
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Ooof, well that’s pretty incriminating.

Is Tanev a big guy? If I hit Tinordi like that I’d bounce off like a baked bean flicked at a rhino.

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Most of us would bounce off Tinordi! He’s a bit off balance prior to the hit. Either of us could knock him over with a feather there.