Morning Free Association: Game 6 Tonight

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The Boston Bruins are in a tough spot. It’s not necessarily a new scenario for them but they are facing elimination tonight at the Nassau Coliseum.

Bruce Cassidy had some choice words for the officials after the game regarding what’s called against the Bruins and how that differs from what’s called against the Islanders. He didn’t really want to say anything but he must have made the mental calculation that the fine was worth it since it seems when the officiating is criticized by other coaches, changes happen. I mean, it definitely worked for Craig Berube in 2019.

And it might just be one of the officials that has issues.

That wasn’t the only fine assessed from Monday night: Nick Ritchie is less $5K for elbowing Scott Mayfield. Mayfield tends to be very annoying since he was the subject of DeBrusk’s cross-check and resultant fine.

As it has been for the past couple of games, the Bruins will have to play tonight without the services of Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller as well as Curtis Lazar who left Game 5 with a lower body injury. Miller has been out since the Capitals series and Carlo left game 3 with an upper body injury. Both of these players, especially Carlo, are key to the penalty kill which had perhaps it’s worst game on Monday night.

Oh yeah, and Tuukka Rask may be out as well. That means Jeremy Swayman may start his first playoff game tonight.

Okay. LFG.

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Morning all. Still weird being back in the office.

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Also the toaster here is much slower than my toaster at home. Taking forever to toast my english muffin!

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Didn’t realize that was a young Corey Feldman! Now with ketchup we get to giggle at the fart noises when we squeeze it out of plastic bottles! lol

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Hope you’re having a poached egg on that!

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That does sound good but I’m not that motivated in the morning! Peanut butter.

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Now I’m trying to picture someone poaching an egg on a hot plate in a closet-sized office kitchenette.comment image

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Good morning!!
Big game tonight!!! Can we see Trent Frederic, please? DeBrusk ineffective, Kuhlman ineffective, Bruins getting manhandled…. Bring in the big kid. With Miller and Carlo out, muscle needed. Is Zboril ready??? He’s still green. Kampfer? A gamer, but hardly muscle. Vaakaneinen? Not ready for prime time. Hey, Studnicka would be good, too. Not so physical, but maybe he makes plays that Kuhlman and DeBrusk haven’t made. Not afraid of Swayman in the net if Tuukka can’t go. Maybe the team rallies around the kid. \_0_/
Beautiful morning! Wow! The air was heavier than water, thicker than peanut butter the few hours before the storm. I couldn’t get anything done… even in the nice cool basement.

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BTW, kudos to GH! Your point was reiterated by Bruce in those comments. Hard to PK without Carlo and Miller

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So, did you iterate? You only hear about people reiterating. You never hear about the original iteration.

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You can be nonchalant, but can you be chalant? You can be nonplussed but can you be plussed? Many office conversations on this topic!

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While we’re on this topic….. Sitting on the back porch the other day and I hear a tree fall on the other side of the valley…. It had to be a mile or so away….. So my question is…. (Drum roll). Was I around? The eternal question – if a tree falls in.the woods and no one is around, does it make a noise? Was I around???? I can’t start my day ’til I know!!! grin

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 if a tree falls in.the woods and no one is around, does it make a noise?

I believe the full quote includes “and no-one is around TO HEAR IT”

So if you heard it, I think that fits their idea of someone being around? grin

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Aww, rats!

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I am very fucking chalant!

The London Bear
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You sound it, hahaha!

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This all reminds me of my favorite Gallagher bit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfz3kFNVopk

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Ha! How do we ever remember it all?!

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It always cracked me up that “beag” (pronounced close enough to big) means small in Gaelic. “mor” means big. Hence Moran(my mom’s side) = big people (mor = big, an = people), but “beag an” = little people even though it sounds like big ‘uns. …. Now I feel like Seinfeld’s George and MA nure.

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Studnicka and Frederic in. I can get behind that. Why not?. We have one consistently effective line.

Krejci line doing great things at times but not consistent enough in this series.

I’ve thought Lauzon has looked decent, although admittedly I missed a lot of the last game.

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Lauzon looked pretty good. He’s going to make mistakes, but I can live with them

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Kampfer is done for now. He had surgery on a broken hand or something.
Frederic seems like a good bet. They had a good combo a few weeks back putting DeBrusk in Coyle’s left and bumping Ritchie to 4L – I forget whether Kuhlman or Wags was 3R
Maybe this is all moot with Lazar out.
I would love to see Wags & Kuraly manage to get through a game without generating an opposing goal with an avoidable penalty.
(That crosscheck to the neck of Barzal was dumb as fuck, and probably more deserving of a fine than the love tap that Ritchie gave Mayfield. Though Ritchie was playing chicken with a trip to the penalty box last game too.)

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Ha! Forgot Kampfer had surgery. With all the depth on D that the front office built up, they are still hurting on the back end