Morning Free Association: Dates, Times, Games

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Yesterday, the NHL dropped the dates and times for all of the first round playoff series. Most of the divisions are done with their seasons, with the West finally wrapping up last night. The North, however, will not fully resolve their season, well the Canucks and the Flames won’t resolve their regular season schedule until May 19th. But we don’t care about them right now.

The Boston Bruins – Washington Capitals first round series starts on Saturday night at 7:15pm. The series is scheduled for every other day and could go through May 17th if it goes to 7 games.

Saturday, May 15, 7:15 p.m.: Bruins at Capitals

Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.: Bruins at Capitals

Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins

Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m.: Capitals at Bruins

*Sunday, May 23, TBD: Bruins at Capitals | TBD

*Tuesday, May 25, TBD: Capitals at Bruins | TBD

*Thursday, May 27, TBD: Bruins at Capitals | TBD

*if needed

This season, The Bruins showed that they could hold their own against the Washington even when they went through a rash of injuries. The worst loss was on Trade Deadline Eve, inspiring Don Sweeney to pull the trigger on two trade deals that have greatly changed the Bruins for the better.

We know the games will be physical and undoubtedly Tom Wilson has learned nothing from his suspension of from the paltry fine that he incurred last week against the Rags. Actually, yes, he did learn something — he can get away with a lot as long as he toes the line. He’s not the only member of that team known for physical play and cheap shots; remember Alex Ovechkin got a soft cross-check penalty rather than the major for spearing Trent Frederic earlier in the season. Either way, these teams will beat each other up before the first round is done.

Statistical models show that the Bruins have the leg up in this competition, so go B’s!


Yesterday, Matt Porter (and his team) of the Boston Globe produced a great digital piece on how Brad Marchand is so good at what he does, especially short handed goals. You might remember that the now 33 year-old LW leads the Bruins in all-time SHG. You should check this out.


The Brackets should be live now.

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Keep in mind you have until 7:14pm ET tomorrow night to make your picks!

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My boss: Could you call and get the pricing for this? Should be easy.
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Morning all. Beautiful morning walk. Too nice out to work!!

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And first Waitsfield farmers market tomorrow. Spring has sprung!

The London Bear
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Nice! I do like a farmers market.

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Love the farmers markets!!! We’re seeing farm stands open!!!

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Good Morning!
A beautiful morning in the hill towns. On the back porch with coffee, watching the bird life.. so prolific here. Blue birds (not boo birds), orioles , cat birds, various warblers, and the wren, who is building a nest in my hoodie on the clothesline.
Speaking of clothes lines, (like that?) could someone clothesline Tom Wilson on his first shift Saturday night. Whatchusay, Killer? Take one for the team.
A healthy Bruin’s team is better than the Caps. Just keep ’em healthy, eh?

And stay out of the box!!! After clotheslining Wilson, of course.

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the wren, who is building a nest in my hoodie on the clothesline.

I saw your video of that, that’s fantastic!

We have quite a variety of birds round here, too. A few weeks ago I saw a heron flying along, being hassled by a gang of parakeets. It was like something from the Battle of Britain!

Yep, discipline has been an issue. Did I hear in a game commentary last week the Bs are the most penalised team in the league, or thereabouts? Will be interesting to see how much of a bloodbath this Caps series is going to be. Wonder if Zee will get involved.

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Speaking of birds, how Ziggy doing?

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Oh, he’s the most agile I’ve seen him for months, thank you for asking, although his left leg does still seem to be bothering him a bit at times.

His course of painkillers finished earlier this week. By the end I didn’t have to catch him any more – when I put my hand in the cage he jumped to the front perch and waited for me to poke the syringe thru the bars!

Their hyperactivity only last a day and a half. No idea what brought that on but it was fun while it lasted!

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Ziggy is hooked on opioids!!

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Haha! It was cat painkiller the vet gave me. His dose was 0.3 millilitres!

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Does he drink it or did you need to jab him?

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Had to squirt it into his mouth (squirt is an exaggeration, it was only a drop). Luckily he tends to bite anything that goes near his face.

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Play Tinordi!!!

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Your comment got me curious.
Bruins are 4th most penalized team by minutes, slightly ahead of the Caps.
http://www.nhl.com/stats/teams?report=penalties&reportType=season&seasonFrom=20202021&seasonTo=20202021&gameType=2&filter=gamesPlayed,gte,1&sort=penaltyMinutes&page=0&pageSize=50

They are 3rd in penalties taken per 60 minutes. They take a lot more penalties than they draw. Which surprised me – it felt like they were drawing a lot of penalties to start the season.

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The PP was a lot hotter in the early part of the season, of course. Good thing the PK stayed hot – need that to continue.

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Haven’t seen a blue heron in a while – there have been a lot of them in recent years, but I haven’t been around the marshy areas that they frequent much. Don’t know if yours are the same variety.
We have seen a hawk which lives nearby, and it is often being harassed by sparrows. It’s just so strange, because you know that if the hawk lands a single blow, that the sparrow is done for, but they are so much more maneuverable that there isn’t much he can do.

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I love seeing tiny birds attack hawks! Crows will chase them, too. Sometimes they will corner one in a tree. Then the fun starts!!

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“And the Bruins have brought up Oskar Steen – this will be his first NHL playoff game. He played on Wednesday when these two teams… OH! AND A DEVASTATING HIT! Tom Wilson is down.”
“That was a dirty hit, Mike. That looked like a clothesline”
“It looks like Steen is being sent straight to the locker room. He may have gotten a game misconduct.”
“You have to think that player safety is going to take a look at that.”