Morning Free Association: Western Canada Wrap-up

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This weekend I learned a great many things. A cat can not only block someone on Twitter but that cat can also kick someone out of a Twitter direct message group with that same action. Derek Forbort has an adorable Basset Hound named Darla. And the Bruins can win against western Canadian teams that beat them at home in Boston.

Yes, I was wrong and supremely pessimistic when I predicted that the Bruins would lose more games than win out west. In fact, I thought they would lose all the games. Again, I was wrong and I’m not sorry. The Bruins took 5 out of 6 points on this roadtrip and managed to play themselves into the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot with the caveat being that the playoffs started Sunday.

Somehow they won the last two games against Edmonton and Calgary by outscoring their opponents 7-4 while being outshot 85-57. While SOG is an important possession metric and letting another team take all the shots on you is (1) a bad idea and (2) unsustainable without amassing blowout losses. still, there is something to be said about the quality of the shots, which truth be told, many of the shots they gave up were not were not score worthy. So, the Bruins managed to get through these games but need to tighten up their team defense in all three zones.

In Calgary, the Bruins saw half their scoring from the backend with Connor Clifton and Charlie McAvoy hitting the back of the net.

Not only did McAvoy score the game winner. He also showed that he learned something special from Zdeno Chara, the stick yeet.

Of course, it’s a good game for the Bruins when I totally gloss over a Marchand goal, the one that was in between the other two. Yes, the Bruins scored the first 3 goals of the game.

Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk made it 3-1 on a powerplay. Curtis Lazar added a goal in the third.

Sean Monahan added one more in garbage time but the Bruins hold on to win 4-2.

Next up: the Vegas Golden Knights come to town on Tuesday.

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Morning all. I’m irrationally happy with my new winter boots. Mostly for the metal cleat in the heal that you can flip down for icy weather. Nifty little detail.

Watched another good music documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” about the careers of back up singers including Darlene Love and Merry Clayton. Came out in 2013, Really fascinating to hear their stories, especially about the Rolling Stones calling Clayton into the studio at 1 in the morning to record “Gimme Shelter.”

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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It’s on the list!
Did i ever tell all that my sister posed for the cover of the Rolling Stones album Black and Blue, but that album cover was banned in the US… it was released later with a more PG cover… i don’t think anyone would be shocked by the original these days! smile

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Oh nice! I love stuff about sidemen. Some of them are insanely skilled

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Thanks! No I haven’t seen that before. I follow a similar page called “The British Invasion” – this new one looks rather more eclectic.

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The article i posted was about carol kaye. We have all heard her play more times than we know!

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here it is! carol kaye

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Oh yes – of course I know her. A legend! Carole Kaye, Earl Slick, Tim Pierce. All amazing

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Morning all,

Go Bs! Into the playoff places. No looking back now. Ten points behind Toronto with five games in hand. There’s a chance!

Mom came down for the weekend, as the village dance troupe (which Leah is in) was doing a performance. She watched the Flames game with me – first time she’s ever seen a hockey game! Think she quite enjoyed it, though at one point she commented “I gather this sport doesn’t have many rules.” Haha.

I’m boosted! Went to a walk-in centre on Saturday. No after-effects other than slightly sore arm – same as the first two shots.

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Ha! Your mom is not wrong!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Your mom is so wrong! This sport has many rules… they’re just not enforced!

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Ha! She particularly enjoyed all the face-washing.

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Wait…wasn’t that your job? lol

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Gotta give Ullmark credit. Since the one game where I raked him for dreadful play, he’s been on fire. He’s looked like hell under pressure a couple of times, flopping around desperately, but damn if he hasn’t kept a zillion pucks out of the net. Swayman had some of those desperate moments in his shutout, too.

I’m not sure if Ullmark is seeing the puck better or making better positional choices, or if he’s just been fortunate, but it’s working for him.

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Ullmark may be seeing the puck better because team D is finally letting him see the frikkin’ thing. grin Maybe Bob Essensa is working his magic, who knows.
Whatever the reason, he’s been better. I played with a goalie who sucked his first few games with my team.i had brought him on board.. he told me that he used sightlines in the building, rafters, lights, etc. to help him know where he was in relation to his net. After a few games, he knew more certainly where he was on the ice and had fewer out of position goals against. I know the last three were on the road, but gaining confidence at home could follow you on the road… or, i already had too much coffee

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They both need to control their rebounds better. Too many shots being bunted back out into the slot. Swayman, particularly, is getting better at that but still plenty of room for improvement.

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^ So much this!^ one thing Tuukka has been great at…. rebound control. Tuukka either eats it or it’s in the corner.

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Good morning!,
5 out of 6 out west is great. Doing it with John Moore in the line up. Outstanding. Both goalies played well and yes, opponents shots were from less than ideal scoring areas. That is a result of team defense being better, as well as the defense itself being better. Problems over! Probably not, but Ullmark has increased his value in trade should that be the course the team takes.
Took a trip to Tarriffville, CT yesterday and paddled with a couple friends… great whitewater, nice temperature, and good friends… awesome!

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Tarriffville? Sounds expensive wink

The Bs were in a pattern where they were heavily outshooting opponents and still losing. They turned that around on this trip. Different tactics or just things evening themselves out? Who knows?

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There are a lot of old bridge abutments (no bridges, just abutments) in this section of the Farmington River… I imagine there were tolls back in the day….. “so, you want to get to Simsbury, do ya?” smile

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I’ve noticed that many teams are up and down this year. Emotional ebbs and flows?
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