Morning Free Association: Fines and Finalists

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Tonight, The Boston Bruins return to the TD Garden with their series against the New York Islanders tied at 2 apiece. On Saturday, the Bruins lost the lead and failed to score more than one goal against the Isles while Mathew Barzal woke up in the third and scored the game winner.

In that game, David Krejci performed a cup check on young Barzal after the latter cross-checked David Krejci multiple time in the back. As our own Bagel Bruin informed us yesterday on Bearly on Topic, there’s little protection in that area and it really hurts when you get checked there once, nevermind multiple times. The on-ice officials called a major so that they could review their call. As it turned out, they muffed the Barzal infraction and decided to downgrade Krejci’s to a 2 minute slashing. Of course, the NHL Department of Player Safety decided to hand out a $5000 fine to Krejci after the game.

As it turns out, this is the second fine handed down to a Bruins player in the past week; Jake DeBrusk was left $5K lighter in his wallet for cross-checking Scott Mayfield in the back of his head.

So, yeah, that’s going great.

Speaking of greatness, Patrice Bergeron, perhaps the greatest defensive center to ever play the game, was named a finalist for the Selke Trophy a record 10th straight time. Florida’s Alexander Barkov and Vegas’ Mark Stone are the other finalists. This season, Bergy finished with a faceoff percentage of 62.25, the highest of his career. Known for his ability to play 200 feet all the time and backcheck like there’s no tomorrow, the captain also had 3 short handed goals on the year. Only his linemate, Brad Marchand, had more with 4. I hope that Patrice wins this one so he can finally surpass Bob Gainey with 5 wins.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Sorry I didn’t Zoom Saturday. Was kind of grumpy and not feeling very social.

Hope everyone stays cool during the scorcher!comment image

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The London Bear

We have a sort of alcove under the stairs which is used as office space nowadays, and it never gets hot! The other day our thermometer was showing 42C outside (it was in direct sun, admittedly) but I still had to put on a cardigan while I was working! I’d rather have it that way though – nothing worse than trying to work while roasting hot.

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I got the AC going for sure. Went to bring the recycling out yesterday and saw pretty much my whole building had put in their units.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Random northern VT reference in my Twitter surfing this morning:

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I’m right near Fitwerx! Just a few doors down.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Did they get that van out of the covered bridge yet?!

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Satan 81's Sister

Oh man, that was quite a process. Took a good chunk of the day! Was still stuck even after they deflated the tires!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks,

Shame about the result cos that was a really enjoyable game for the most part. Good to see the Bs drag themselves into the game after a poor start. We have a best-of-three series now!

Had a good weekend, enjoying the sunshine and of course Leah loved spending time with Nanny for the first time in ten months! We’ve got my Dad visiting this weekend.

IW & GH – hope you enjoyed your trip to Newport. I didn’t realise they were allowing overseas visitors into Wales yet wink

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Does DOPS have money on this series? Neither of those were things that normally get supplemental discipline, and the Isles are doing more of the same cheap hits. (Granted, not spearing that I noticed – but certainly the DeBrusk hit was a mirror image of Zajac-on-McAvoy hit earlier in the same game).

The London Bear
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Yeah, I’d agree with you there. At least it’s only fines. I did worry Krejci might get a game or two for that. I know it was provoked but still a bit silly.