Morning Free Association: Capitalizing

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In just his second start, Jeremy Swayman proved that he deserves this chance with the big club and he belongs in the NHL. Yeah, I know it’s a very small sample size. However, after turning away 71 of 75 shots (31-33, .939 SV% last night), he shows a lot of poise and still has a smile on his face even after facing some of the best players in the NHL.

Who could blame him? It’s obviously a dream come true.

Swayman kept the team in this game even when their mistakes added up to an elongated period of penalty kill time in the second and two goals were scored upon him. He made save after save as the skaters in front of him tried to find their game again. Find it they did because the Bruins definitely won this game 4-2.

The Bruins took the lead early and never lost it. Thirty-three seconds into the first period another Jeremy, Lauzon, potted the first puck of the game. It’s his first of the season.

If you had Anton Blidh also scoring his first goal on the season later on in the period, then good for you. Perhaps you might want to try fortune telling as a profession.

Just before the period ended, Nick Ritchie and Garnet Hathaway got into it. Ritchie evidently slashed Hathaway, Hathaway took offense, and the two played punchyface. Of course, Ritchie got the extra 2 minutes for being awesome slashing.

Before things got ugly in the second period, Brad Marchand added to his Bruins record short-handed goal tally with another one at 4:09. He dekes, he scores on a backhand.

At 8:39, the game got ugly. Anton Blidh was called for two penalties to be served consecutively: roughing and slashing against Lars Eller. Just 1:25 later, Jakub Zboril took an interference penalty. Four seconds later Alexander Ovechkin scored on the 5-on-3. TJ Oshie followed that up 19 seconds later with his own score, bringing the Capitals within 1. The Bruins remained on the kill for another 90 or so seconds without further blood loss.

That was as close as the Caps would come to taking over the game. Craig Smith added one more on the power play for a cushion.

The B’s take 2 points from the Capitals whom they meet again on Sunday evening. In the meantime, it’s on to Philly to take on the Flyers at 2pm on Saturday.

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Satan 81's Sister
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I think I might become an Indiana Fever fan. Love their new jersey! (There are some pretty cool new WNBA jerseys overall this year.)

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Wow – they got the whole “blood spatter” thing going on. I like it (lord knows it isn’t like I don’t enjoy the violent aspects of contact sports), and I get the reference, but WUT? Seems a bit over the top.

Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Glad this week is nearing it’s end. Been one of those “everything that should be easy has been needlessly difficult” weeks. Poor Patrick the Internet Tech Guy. Pretty sure he’s reevaluating his life choices after the struggle we went through fixing my internet yesterday.

On the plus side, the weather has been wonderful. Nice to open windows and gets some fresh air. And Nugget has been enjoying bird watching.

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You’ve had Doby and Patrice visit in the same week? I need to move to Burlington!

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Ha!! And this was pretty much our reaction when we finally got the internet working:comment image

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^One of my all time favorite Bruin memories! ^

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I loved it when the Bruins got their Internet back!

Satan 81's Sister
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Nothing like coming back when you’re down 4-1 to the internet.

The London Bear
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I gave up and went to bed. Thought there was no chance they were ever going to reboot it.

Satan 81's Sister
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I was very happy when the reset the router.

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I’m wavering between Stripes and Anonymous this morn.

The London Bear
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Get Doby on the case!

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It’s a beautiful day out here too!
The sun is out, there’s only the slightest hint of a breeze, hints of leaves on the lilacs, the forsythia are starting to flower, the squirrels and the songbirds are trying to murder each other…

Seriously, there were squirrels chasing each other around angrily, then when I walked down to the mailbox, my way was obstructed by 3 songbirds trying to fuck each other up – perhaps it was two with a very nosy spectator? It was a fast moving little cloud of feathers – hard to track any single bird.

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Ha! I’m picturing songbirds wearing Hell’s Angels vests.

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And they were making cute little tweeting sounds while they were at it!

Satan 81's Sister
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Such adorable little murder death machines!

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Hiya folks,

Great result! It looked from the highlights as though the Caps weren’t in their best form, but we’ll take it! A nice Bruins-style gift goal in there too!

Is that two shorties in two games for B-Rad?

Suddenly we have an embarrassment of goaltending riches. Don’t have room for four when they’re all healthy though. What will Sweeney do?

An un-forecasted pleasant morning today – joined Sonia for her morning run and then sat outside with a coffee after cleaning out the budgies. Perfect start to the day. Working now, though, and it has clouded over. Ah well.

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That does sound like a nice morning. I’m a firm believer in enjoying the cup of coffee before work.

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Enjoying a beautiful morning here, as well! Our backyard is south facing. Sitting in the sun with a cuppa, enjoying the deafening silence. Birds, river, and breeze are all I can hear. Thoreau, Muir, and others have written about it (Simon and Garfunkel )… {Garfunkel? Okay}… strip away all the noise of modern times and life is grand. Can’t wait for Jo to get here and share it (tonight)!

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Autofotch wanted to make “Harry bowl” out of Garfunkel… Awesome!

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Good Morning!!
It’s always great to beat the Crapitals. I don’t care for them or their style of hockey. When I watch them, I feel like Ovie is only there to chase Gretzky’s goal record. He doesn’t look to be super engaged. I’ve watched them a few times this year, just my impression. The year Washington won he was a gung ho leader.
Listened on the radio by a campfire last night. So awesome!

The London Bear
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Love radio games. I’ve got a friend who likes to listen to baseball games on the radio. Will have to give that a go. Apparently in the early days they were worried broadcasting the games on radio would stop people going in person!

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A nice summer day with the game playing on the radio while going about the day is pretty nice. Something very nostalgic about it.

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Baseball is the ultimate radio game… let’s face it, there ain’t a lot going on

The London Bear
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Test cricket is made for radio too. Imagine a baseball game stretched out over five days!

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That’s the “when the sun is out, you have a beer and know you aren’t going to be doing anything for a while” activity.

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Even better is that if the game isn’t over after five days they just give up and call it a draw!

Not so much a sport as an excuse to doss about for a week.

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An annoying thing about Caps games it that NESN seems to think that Bruins fans really care about Ovi’s intermediate career milestones. One of the intermission segments was all about Sofia Jyrkstowicz talking about Ovi getting close to Gretzky territory. Worthy of a passing mention? I suppose. Worth obsessing over? Absolutely not.
Don’t care. Not my player, nowhere near as dominant as “the Great One”, not particularly fun to watch.