Morning Free Association: Red Wings Needed Red Bull…

…because they needed some wings.

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Last night’s game had many storylines. First among them is that there are apparently two versions of the Red Wings, dependent upon whether or not their captain, Dylan Larkin, is in the lineup. Another narrative involves the other captain, the sainted Patrice Bergeron, what he did and what the team did when he ended up in the penalty box. Then there was the tale of the penalties: both teams had plenty but one continually capitalized.

Dylan Larkin missed his second game in a row due to a personal matter. If you are inclined to listen to Jack Edwards, Detroit head coach Jeff Blashill laid into his team for not showing up the game before. Well, I guess he’ll lay into his team again after this game since the had a total of 15 shots on goal. That’s not a lot. Only one of them made it past the goal line during a 5-on-3 advantage. First year player Lucas Raymond got the Wings on the board.

The real story is Patrice Bergeron and his 4 goals, a hat trick + 1. His first three goals were on the power play; the Wings committed 5 infractions of which the Bruins power play converted 3. Patrice Bergeron started the night with no goals on the season and ended up tied for the team lead.

I think it’s obvious how the penalties fit in there.

One thing I never thought I’d see was a player who lost a helmet try to get into a play and hit a Bruins player on his way back to the bench. The officials thought he needed to sit for two minutes for that crap. He even protested about being sent there. IT HAS BEEN A RULE SINCE THE 2019-20 SEASON! YOU LEAVE THE ICE WHEN YOUR HELMET COMES OFF! Anyway, a Bruins fan let him have it.

Last but not least, Mike Reilly scored short-handed. Curtis Lazar broke away down the ice with Reilly behind him to clean up. Together they restored the 3 goals lead 24 seconds after Raymonds.

The B’s won 5-1. Next up: the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Saturday night.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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Wow, that was a beat-down. It’s good to see. I wouldn’t have minded seeing more than 1 even strength goal, but the power play has been a teensy bit disappointing lately. — Strong but not dominating like they should be. (They’ve been top ten, but with this group of players, they should be top 2).

I was surprised to see Bergy chirping the refs after getting sent to the box. His tripping penalty, while accidental, was unambiguous. Maybe he was bitching about a potential call drawn by Marchand that didn’t get a whistle?

The tendency for the Bruins to shut down their opponent’s offense has been fun, though not always sufficient. This season should be interesting. I don’t see them getting past Tampa & Florida, but it still should be a lot of winning hockey.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Yeah, I think we have plenty of reason to be optimistic so far.

Are we waiting for anyone to come back from injury? Other than Tuukka of course (if he IS coming back).

The PP have been a bit off. Pasta hasn’t found his shooting boots yet, but he will at some point, no need to panic.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yes, the Bruinx will play winning hockey. Right now, it would take a miracle to get to the SCF. I feel that the team really misses Jeremy Lauzon, who is showing all the signs of being a first pair defenseman. Hind sight is 20/20, but protecting four defensemen might have been a better option for the Bs. Can the Sweenius find a Reilly out there somewhere? Let’s hope so.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Mmmm….wings. Now I want wings.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning,

what dominance! Not only a hat-trick but a natural hat-trick – of PPGs too. How rare.

the had a total of 15 shots on goal. That’s not a lot

I’m surprised it was that many. It took them until well into the third to get into double figures if I’m not mistaken.

November 5th – firework night. Yesterday was Diwali – more fireworks. I feel bad for the local pets. Fireworks are ok but massively overrated IMHO. Just build a massive bonfire and light it up (but don’t leave it too long before you light it – don’t want hedgehogs getting in there!)

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I laughed because after I read this post this Simpsons tweet showed up in my Twitter feed!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hahaha! I’m pretty sure it’s a Brit who runs that account. Quite often the quotes are from episodes recently shown on TV here.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I’ve never been a big fireworks fan. Bonfires are fun! I’ve seen mice vacating the fire ring in a hurry when a fire was started! I have also seen mice come near a campfire to eat scraps in a warm, cozy place.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Eichel traded to Vegas! He can get the surgery he wants!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Interesting that he wound up with Robin Lehner, who went to bat for him.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Man, Lehner is totally done with the shenanigans of NHL management. He’s railing against them on irresponsible medication, the Eichel controversy, the Blackhawks scandal. He’s going to be remembered for that more than for his play!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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And a nose job, face lift, tummy-tuck… ‘cuz Vegas, baby!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
Good morning, good afternoon, and good night to the Dead Wings. Yay, Bergy! Nothing unexpected here… it’s time for Detroit to fall back to earth. Dylan Larkin would probably like to play for a contendah.
Disc golf with Jo yesterday… another tie. Beautiful day in southern VT

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Beautiful day in southern VT

How far away from Sis do you live? (bearing in mind in England we think 100 miles is a very long way …)

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I believe it’s about 150 miles between me and Monrovia. About a 3 hour drive.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

A three hour drive…
Which is a pleasant one unless the weather is bad

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ah that’s pretty similar to from here to my parents’. There and back in a day would be a bit much but it’s not too taxing.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yup, a three hour tour! Need to check out the greater Burlington area… aren’t there outdoor hockey tournaments on the lake?