Morning Free Association: Well, They Won One, I Guess

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This Boston Bruins team is becoming redundant and quite a bore to talk about. In fact, of the past 7 years, it always seems that this team has the same problems just moved around the roster. They have defensemen but not the right pairings (actually, this is kind of new). Have we solved for 2C? Charlie Coyle is having himself a tidy little season but the rest of his line is kind of underperforming or up in the air. After a few games away, Craig Smith joined that line again last night. And then there are the goalies. Swayman is suffering losses, the defense seems overwhelmed at times and is unable to help while Ullmark tweaked something and may not be 100%. He looked kind of bad in the first period of the game last night but somehow turned it around.

I guess we’re supposed to be happy that they beat the Canucks last night 3-2. The Canucks are not a good team. They have some good players but they’ll reportedly be sellers at the deadline if you believe the rumours out there. Plus, Jim Benning is still somehow the Canucks’ GM, so that says a lot. I guess we’re supposed to be happy the Bruins beat them because two seasons ago, when the two teams last played against each other, Vancouver swept the two-game series.

We’re supposed to be happy about this win because after Friday’s loss, they found a way to win again. But I would have been happier if the Bruins had bothered to show up throughout the second period of the Rangers’ game instead of just the beginning. They completely disappeared during the third. The Rangers are a good team stocked up with high draft picks, veteran players like Mika Zibanejad and Artemiy Panarin, a recent Norris winner in Adam Fox, and the heir apparent to Henrik Lundqvist in Igor Shesterkin. They’ve rebuilt and they’re better than the Bruins.

Anyway, the Bruins found a way to battle back and win last night’s game mostly due to Brad Marchand. Right from the start, he had a bee in his bonnet and he wanted to share that with Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Marchy continued to get under his skin throughout the game. His major contribution would come in the third period after trying to spark things during the late second and reportedly in the room between the periods.

Anton Blidh started off the scoring with a shot that many wouldn’t take and would therefore not be rewarded for.

He credited the Bruins’ skating coach for the skills to make that shot.

He might have also had some previous experience.

Blidh had the goal of the game but would end up leaving the game in the third after being boarded by Ekman-Larsson.

The Bruins tied up the game with that goal then went down by one in the second when locally grown Conor Garland scored.

The third would belong to the Bruins. Brad Marchand worked his magic on the power play.

Then, on another power play, David Pastrnak was sneaky good.

He took the lead and won the game.

So, I guess I am kind of happy they won but I’m not overjoyed. I know their issues.

Next up: the Red Wings on Tuesday night.

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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So I found out a few things this past weekend.
My finger muscles are strong enough to restrain my dog when he tries to lunge at something.
My finger bones are not. *ack*

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Ah no! Not the time of year to be breaking a finger. Not that there’s ever a good time!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

60 something degrees all weekend. Wow! I could deal with winters like this.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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60? It was pretty cold out here. I’d forgotten you’ve been south of the 40th parallel – thought you were talking about Monrovia!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Same, I was about to pack up and move to Monrovia!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

It was below freezing this morning when I went for my walk. They’ve had it even worse in the north. My parents had snow (and they’re not even halfway up the country).

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Back to work. Boo. It was a nice 4 days of doing not much of anything and just giving my brain a break. Bigly needed.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi folks,

Yeah, Friday night was a tough watch, especially after the way the Bs bossed the first 19min 55sec! But the Rangers are a very good team.

Was good that Ullmark picked himself up after a shaky first period against VAN, and we’ve seen quite a bit of secondary scoring recently. Although, the highlight of last night’s match was surely that spectacular hat-trick by NO GOAL!

Leah took part in her first ever dance competition yesterday! Her team didn’t really put it together on the day, and they didn’t finish in the top three, but it was good experience and she enjoyed it. The standard was very high, with teams from all over the south of England.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

No goal had his best game ever!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

We missed the matinee Friday. Out and about. Played disc golf Saturday! Maddie is our 5 year old granddaughter. She did well and enjoyed it! Jo and I will play today before leaving.
Kudos to Leah. Always good to garner new experiences!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
Yes, the Bruins are inconsistent, at best. Goaltending issues, yes. Second line is kind of a mess, yes. The D pairs…. umm, a work in progress. The defense was hurt by the expansion draft. Zboril is starting to be an NHL caliber player, that will help. Team bonding needs to be a thing and Tuukka needs to get healthy.
Leaving Georgia today. We will be winding are way north… slowly!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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We’ve been lamenting Tuukka’s absence around here the last few days. I’d actually quietly been kind of happy about Ullmark’s tenure but last night was really ugly for a long while. Wasn’t seeing the puck. Wasn’t controlling rebounds. Was flopping around under pressure.
Finally the defense started giving him a little breathing room and he started stopping the easy ones.

I think the defense will gel. Charlie & Carlo didn’t look so good vs NYR or Calgary but I think they started to get back to form last night. The forward lines aren’t quite there. I think they’ve got the horses for a decent showing, but we haven’t seen it yet. Am curious why DeBrusk got nacho duty last night. He’s been generally ok. Haula getting the day off makes more sense to me.

The London Bear
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Yeah, I was a bit surprised JD was scratched. He does have a tendency to charge into the offensive zone, head down, and then before he’s decided what he’s going to do he’s already too close to the goalie to do anything.

Maybe they thought he could learn a thing or two from watching a game.