Morning Free Association: Dead Sticks

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Remember all the way back to Friday when we were happy that the B’s beat the stuffing out of the Red Wings? Those were good times. The same can’t be said after watching the Bruins take on the Maple Leafs for the first of only three games this season. This is how I felt afterward.

Not exactly, but I did decide after two periods I didn’t really want to watch more and decided to join IW in the living room where he was watching the Boston Pride handily beat the Minnesota Whitecaps. That is until I fully sat down and invested myself and the visiting team scored two more times to come within two of tying it up. Thankfully, the Pride escaped with the win. Afterward, we returned to the other game to see Pasta score…and then the Leafs win. Ugh.

It’s only the beginning of the season and there’s no need to panic as the fancy stats crowd continue to tell us but seeing your teams scoring dry up at certain times is frustrating. At this time when Boston goes down by one, I think they can come back. But once they’re down two goals, I don’t have that same optimism. This is not the team of 2019-20 that seemed to toy with other teams by taking leads, losing them, or just looking like an underperforming team through two periods before turning it on in the third. They were the best third period team before the pandemic shutdown.

This team will get back to scoring at some point, for sure. But right now, it’s kind of hard to watch.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Nursing Jo today. Her knees are worse than mine at the moment. Too much disc golf!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

How will she kick my ass without any knees?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Tried to enjoy the extra hour of sleep except Nugget wasn’t amused by the delay in breakfast time AND I forgot to change the clock on my coffee maker so that starting brewing an hour early.

D’oh!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Had tickets to that Pride game, but we were both too exhausted to go. I wasn’t going to miss their season opener, even if that meant I had to stream it & miss most of a Bruins game.

The feed quality from Warrior is quite good, and it was a good game. Home team dominates, then underperforming visitors figure it out, and it becomes a lot more competitive as the ice tilts and the clock becomes a factor.

I don’t regret missing most of the B’s game.

Went to Sunday’s Pride game. That was nice – I hadn’t been to a hockey game since Isles @ Bruins in the postseason.

The London Bear
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Nice! Do they still stream those games on YouTube? Just had a quick look and couldn’t see anything promising.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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They stream them on ESPN+ and Twitch (at least internationally – I’ve only been playing with ESPN+, which we get as part of a Disney/Hulu bundle)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Live hockey! I honestly can’t remember the last time i saw s game live. Thinking seriously about playing with some old guys…. nothing like hockey…

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks.

Yeah, that wasn’t a fun watch. Still, you don’t have to be into fancy stats to see the Bs aren’t getting the rub of the green at the moment. Whenever we had possession the puck turned into a jumping bean and every time it went pinballing around it always seemed to land on the stick of whichever Leaf was best placed. Annoying but over a long season these things tend to even out.

Crisp, sunny mornings are continuing, amazingly. Had a nice woodland walk Saturday and on Sunday was dogwalking and swimming. Nice to get out of the house at the weekend.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Crisp, sunny mornings! That’s been us for a week now. Frosty mornings, warmish afternoons….. wonderful days!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

This weekend was absolutely beautiful!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning,
.. What am I saying? What’s good about it? We’re going to get a great draft pick? PANIC!!!! Trade everyone!!
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Okay, I’m breathing. I’m relaxing.
BUT!!!! The Bruins need secondary scoring…… and probably should have protected Jeremy Lauzon. If you have watched the Kraken, you have seen plenty of Lauzon. Kudos to Ron Francis. Still, it leaves the Bruins a little shy on the blue line. Better D equals more scoring.

The London Bear
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Haven’t seen the Kraken play but I was a fan of Lauzon and was disappointed to lose him.

I was also a little surprised to see Nick Ritchie playing for the Leafs! I forgot he had left.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Ritchie and Odrej Kase! The Leafs… another team rebuilding with spare parts that the Bs couldn’t afford to keep.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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I don’t miss either of those guys. Ritchie was a good net-front presence, but wasn’t effective in general. Kase was good at moving the puck and being in a spot to get a shooting opportunity, but did nothing with those opportunities. If you could glue the two of them together, they’d make a pretty good top-6 forward, but as is? Toronto is welcome to them.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I feel that Kase gets a pass healthwise. Timing is everything, eh? With the legs he has now, he could have been an effective player for the Bruins. Salary and expansion draft made him expendable.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Yeah, I definitely was looking for Lauzon as this season started. Happy w/ Forbert though.