Morning Free Association: B-Deviled

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Holy crap, the Bruins actually won a game against the Devils. This hasn’t happened since *checks notes* the first game of the season. And like that first game, the Bruins didn’t win it in regulation, or in overtime, but in the shootout.

Brad Marchand and Brandon Carlo re-joined the lineup last night and that seemed to make a pretty big difference. Especially since Marchy took on the duties of Chief Facepunchisizer. And he also scored and assisted on another goal.

At 1:24, Miles Wood continued to assert his will against the B’s as he has in other games, giving the Devils the lead.

For the first time this season, Boston managed to score an even strength goal against the Devils. In fact, the scored 3 of them last night. Nick Ritchie continued to build his argument for why he should be Seventh Player with his 10th goal on the season. He wasn’t even netfront for this one.

It had been 127:01 in game time since the Bruins had last scored against the Devils.

Unfortunately, the tie wouldn’t last. Michael McLeod netted one just minutes after to take the lead. The Devils would hold onto and expand that lead until the third.

Travis Zajac made it 3-1 early in the Second. After his roughing of Jesper Bratt, Brad Marchand brought the Bruins within 1 on the power play.

Moments later, Kyle Palmieri, who seems to shoot 100% against Boston, scored unassisted after picking off a pass from Jeremy Lauzon. Devils, 4-2.

Then the third period came around and a pair of BU defensemen took over the game. Roughly halfway through the frame, Charlie McAvoy got his 4th on the year.

Ten within the Ford F-150 Final Five, Matt Grzelcyk worked his magic to TIE UP THE GAME.

Nothing really happened in overtime so it was off to the dreaded shootout where Jaro Halak was a brick wall and Charlie Coyle and David Pastrnak did the thing.

Next up: the Penguins on Thursday.

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This one was a little frustrating – they seemed to get off to a good start, then on every other turnover, a forward blows through the neutral zone, alone vs Halak.

When it was 0-2, Halak makes a good stop, and Brick says “that’s the save of the period” – I’m thinking “uh, of course it is – it’s only his third one”

Marchand & McAvoy seemed to be the only two guys who really wanted this game at times. Marchand was fun to watch – starting with this little fracas halfway through the second period:

Fortunately they pulled it together in the 3rd. They had quite a few shifts in the 3rd where they kept the pressure on, and did a much better job of keeping the Devils wingers – who were cheating into the neutral zone all night – from getting across the Bruins’ blue line. They were in charge of OT too, until Charlie McAvoy went to the box.

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Morning all. I have The Pixies stuck in my head this morning.

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That must suck soooooo much!comment image

Stripes
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Not really….https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N3oCS85HvpY. <this was the Bruins until yesterday!

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Did I ever mention that i love the Pixies?

The London Bear
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Where IS my mind, anyway?

The London Bear
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Morning all.

Nick Ritchie continued to build his argument for why he should be Seventh Player with

Good shout. I’m on board.

Well that was more like it. They got punished for some silly mistakes, but Halak also bailed them out several times so I guess the scoreline was fair enough.

Leah had a good question this morning – if the goalie loses a glove does play stop? Sure I’ve seen it happen once or twice but I cant remember whether they stop the game like they would when the mask comes off.

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if the goalie loses a glove does play stop?

It’s not supposed to, but that seems like something that might be indulged based on the ref’s discretion? Technically, it’s only the helmet/mask, and only if it’s the goalie’s team that has the puck. (There’s supposed to be a delay of game penalty for removing a helmet under most circumstances – but I can’t recall last time I saw that get assessed)

I *think* the last time I saw a glove malfunction, the next stoppage of play was extended while Tuukka skated to the bench to have someone help lace up his glove.

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Ok, I’m back.

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Ah thanks!

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Technically, you are absolutely correct!

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Halak or Steve Kampfer for 7th player. Kampfer has done it all when called upon. Throw the dude a bone.

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Leah had a good question this morning – if the goalie loses a glove does play stop

Great question!!!! I sat through hours of discussion over this very question. Players I was reffing were prepping for D1 college hockey. My take was “I don’t want this kid’s future ruined by my negligence.” A supervisor once told me that the goalie could put that glove less hand behind his back…… I’m a safety first guy. Hockey is a game, people are fragile

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Yeah, I dont like to imagine what a 90mph lump of frozen rubber could do to a bare hand – as you say, especially to a college player.

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I’ve definitely come around to the point of view of just looking out for the player’s safety where possible. Yes, “they signed up for it”, but these guys are still people who often have families and want lives after hockey.
Back around the 2011 cup run, I remember a few cases of Jack going off on goalies who flip their masks off, or stoppages due to opposing players down, and I got sucked into it, but nowadays? Naah. It’s still just a game.

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Full disclosure:
Me too
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There is no stealth in my game this morning…..

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I’m like a ninja at 6am too. But that’s only because I’m trying to avoid stepping on Nugget while trying to plug in devices to charge and get her breakfast.

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Good Morning!
We may have seen a glimpse of what this team can be. I’m giving March and full credit for that win. He lit the fire. Halak saved their collective bacon several times. Chuck is becoming a force. Carlo looked pretty good after 10 games on the sidelines. I believe they will get better as the season moves along.