Morning Free Association: Third Seed it is

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Last night, the Boston Bruins played their penultimate game of the regular season against the New York Islanders. Both teams were playing for the third seed in the East and the chance to meet up against the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. A win for the Isles would advance them to 72 points on the season and a tie with the Bruins, who still have one game left. However, the Bruins managed to put the Isles to bed and claim the third seed in overtime.

I don’t know about you, but it seemed like the Bruins should have won the game handily after taking 38 shots on goal to the Islanders 18 and dominating possession stats like at the faceoff dot, 67%-33%. However, Tuukka Rask wasn’t at his top form, ultimately going 16-18 with a .889 save percentage letting in a soft goal to tie up the game. Even though the Bruins scored twice on Semyon Varlamov, they didn’t have the same luck with his backup Ilya Sorokin, who took over in the third period for the injured starter. It would take a fast flying attack by a new-ish Bruins to break up the tie and win it in overtime.

It’s no surprise that Taylor Hall was name the first star of the game. In the first period alone, he scored the first goal of the game on the power play and drew two penalties.

Before the end of that period, Leo Komarov attacked David Pastrnak with the butt-end of his stick in his gut. Komarov got a double minor for that and slashing Brad Marchand. This allowed the B’s to score that first Hall goal.

Taylor Hall giveth but also taketh away. Down behind the net, Hall and Nick Leddy were having a time. Leddy had hit Hall in a way that he objected to and Hall decided to take matters into his own hands. Unfortunately, this led to a cross-checking penalty. Charlie McAvoy was already in the box for a hooking call, making it a 4-on-3. Oliver Wahlstrom scored.

Brad Marchand would eventually score after multiple chances on goal. Bruce Cassidy says that this is a second effort league, well, this was a second, third, even a fourth effort to get the go-ahead goal. It would be Marchy’s 29th on the year.

By the way, David Krejci quietly had a three-point night after assisting on all three of the Bruins’ goals. Oh did I say three? We’ll get to that.

In the meantime, Mathew Barzal tied it up.

With no goals in the third, the game would go to overtime. That’s when Taylor Hall decided to be filthy.

Yep, overtime winner! After the game, Taylor Hall expressed how he feels about being in Boston and where he draws inspiration.

In 16 games, he’s had 8 goals and 6 assists.

Unfortunately, the Bruins lost another forward during the game. Ondrej Kase played through two periods but left the game with an upper body injury. It wasn’t obvious how it was caused.

The Bruins have one more game to get to 56 games tomorrow night against the Washington Capitals in DC. This team will be the opponent for the foreseeable future with the first round starting on Saturday night.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Tonight feels more like an Oskar Steen/Jack Ahcan kinda game than a Pastrnak/Carlo kinda game.

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Bruce feels the same.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Top line McKegg-Frederic-Wagner?

Do we have enough goons in the system to ice an all-goon lineup?

Presumably Washington aren’t playing anyone we’ve ever heard of either.

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Caps are resting some guys tonight too. Ovi & Backstrom were practicing this morning, so it might not be as unrecognizable as what the Bruins will ice.

I’m predicting a top line of DeBrusk-T-Freddy-Ritchie

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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Saw the other day that Ovi became an investor in the DC women’s soccer team. That’s pretty cool.

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oh jeez, i’m not fully awake.
i read this as Ovi becoming a striker on the DC women’s soccer team. And I’m thinking “Who the hell would let him do that?”
lol

It’s cool to see women’s pro sports getting a bit more exposure. Props to Ovi.

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Ha! I wonder if there’s a soccer version of this gif:comment image

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Now I’ve gone anonymous!

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Meh heh heh heh!
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The London Bear
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Hi folks.

Bs won. Yay? I guess? Now we’ve got potentially eight in a row against the Caps. Well that will be fun.

Finally managed to book a first-shot date. Unfortunately all the associated second-shot dates are while I’m on holiday up North (pandemic-permitting). Ah, well. I wait a little longer.

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Satan 81's Sister

Are we still not making “can’t get a second date” jokes? lol

But yay for getting the first jab!