Morning Free Association: Standings

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Last night, the Boston Bruins won their sixth game in a row. The Buffalo Sabres seem to give them some trouble through two periods, allowing the Bruins to take 26 shots but holding them to 2 goals. It didn’t help that the B’s took so many penalties in those two periods that the Sabres had 5 power play opportunities. It’s okay, they didn’t score on any of them. With goals from Brad Marchand (25), Matt Grzelcyk (4), David Pastrnak (18), Nick Ritchie (11), and David Krejci(6) and excellent netminding by first year pro Jeremy Swayman (29-30, .967), the Bruins won 5-1. They face the Sabres one more time this week tonight at 7pm.

The East is still in play. Currently, Washington is the top of the leaderboard with 47 games played and 64 points. Pittsburgh is right behind them, also with 47 games and 63 points. The Capitals’ opponent from last night, the New York Islanders, gained a loser point and now have 63 points. Boston is right behind all of these teams with two games in hand on each of them and 60 points. With a loss last night, the Rags are 8 points behind the B’s.

Were Boston to keep this pace, being hot at the right time, they could make their way to the top seed in the playoffs. Of course, it’s not going to be easy. On Sunday, they play the first of their remaining games against the Penguins. In May they play one more at the Caps and at home against the Islanders, 2 more at home against the Rangers, and 2 more at their nemesis, the New Jersey Devils. Sure, they also play the Sabres twice more too, but it’s more of a “one of these things is not like the others” situation.

So, as long as the Bruins continue to play well, they should have no problem making the playoffs. If they play really well, they could lead the East.

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Morning all. Yay Friday! And finally have a whole weekend off for the first time in three weeks! I should clean the fridge and the shower but I fully accept I will probably be lazy instead.

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Got an appointment for my COVID shots! Wooo!

In addition to signing up with the state vaccination scheduler, and my HMO, I went directly to CVS and ran through their website. I was told that the trick is to initially select a state where there is less vaccine enthusiasm (like Texas) so they don’t dump you out immediately if there are no local appointments, then walk through the questionnaire and it will make you enter your location again – at which point you answer truthfully. Then you need to click the search a few times, and if something is returned, pick a site & time immediately, because it’s like getting tickets with ticketmaster – stuff disappears quickly.
And turn your adblocker/popup blocker off.
It also helps to check between the time when they update their appointments in the middle of the night and when the day starts.
I woke up at 6AM and checked right away.

They’re giving out the Pfizer one – I was prepared for Moderna. Not sure what I think about it.

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All vaccines are created equal! Some have to be withdrawn later, but all are created somewhat equally, I hope.

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This Twitter thread is the decoder key I started with

The London Bear
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That’s good news!

They’re giving out the Pfizer one – I was prepared for Moderna. Not sure what I think about it.

AFAIK they are pretty much the same in terms of effectiveness. I only know one person who’s had the Pfizer and they didn’t have any side-effects at all after the first shot. Actually that reminds me, she had the second one on Wednesday – I should ask how she is!

Everyone else I know has had AZ. Rumours I’ll be eligible soon …

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Heard that the side effects after the 2nd shot are pretty rough. GH had a mild reaction after the 1st one, was more uncomfortable after the 2nd, but she got the Moderna one.

The London Bear
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Just heard my friend was fine after both. It seems to vary wildly from person to person, though.

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Wohoo! I get my first shot on Tuesday at the Walmart in the Berlin Mall. (And no it’s not a big mall at all. It’s pretty much just Walmart and a couple of other stores.) I think the Dolly Parton vaccine is the one most used here.

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Side effects – speaking with a twang, swelling of the chest, desire to listen to country music.

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Alex Burrows has tried eating a mitten.

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Thank you!!!! You brought back a wonderful memory!!!!

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Morning folks,

Hey, Bs – STAY OUT OF THE BOX! God, so frustrating. At least they got the job done. And Marchy is fourth in the goalscoring charts!

Lovely sunny day here, hot in the sun, yet you can feel the air is cold. Weird.

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Good Morning!
Internet issues last night. Went up to Readsboro, VT to watch the game at the inn….
Yes, it took awhile, before the Bruins put the Sabres away, but they played pretty well.

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I thought it was interesting neither Grizz nor Pasta really celebrated their goals. Do they consider Buffalo such a guaranteed two points that it’s just a relief when they get it done? The Sabres aren’t THAT bad, surely.

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I did notice a certain lack of enthusiasm on the part of both those guys. Maybe this team is going to get businesslike about hockey like they did in 2011.

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I was a little concerned that they weren’t handling the puck well, but Cassidy seemed fairly satisfied.
They still went to the box too often. The threshold for whistles felt a bit low, but not much different than games when other guys were officiating. Gotta be careful with the stick-work.