Morning Free Association: ’22 -> 2+2= 4 points!

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Who knew that the Boston Bruins could start off the new year of 2022 with a bang. After playing like 5 games in December (okay, it was 7) and losing the last 2 before the first postponed game, no one really knew what the Bruins would look like. There’s nothing like a back-to-back within 24 hours to figure out what the team looks like. As it turns out, they looked rusty at first and then turned out to be far more resilient than they’ve shown before the turn of the year.

Charlie was a last minute release from Covid protocol which turned out to be a godsend as he scored the OT in the first game against the Buffalo Sabres. That game was tough to watch. In fact, I only caught glimpses because I was pretty busy all day. However, I did hear the winning goal get scored as I drove home from Boomer’s afternoon walk.

On Sunday, I didn’t watch at all because football.

Seriously. Sunday is not the Bruins day, it’s a Patriots day. So, I watched the Patriots wallop the Jacksonville Jaguars, 50-10. It felt good. Pats are in the playoffs with a rookie QB. LFG!

Actually, that’s not really true, I tuned in during halftime (football) just in time to see Erik Haula score his first goal in 104 games. (Okay, 15)

In the meantime, the Bruins walloped the Red Wings 5-1. What’s interesting about the two wins is that most of the goals are coming from outside the normal top line (63-37-88). This weekend the Bruins saw goals from : Craig Smith, Taylor Hall, Nick Foligno (!), Charlie Coyle, Patrice Bergeron, Erik Haula, Charlie McAvoy, Trent Frederic, and Tomas Nosek.

Next the Bruins return home for a 2 game homestand starting on Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils.

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Morning all. Ugh this morning is already bonkers stressful.

The London Bear
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Is it another renewal season situation or just stuff that’s built up during time off (assuming you had any)?

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Morning guys, happy new year!

Secondary scoring, eh? I’ve been impressed with Nosek – early seventh player candidate.

I watched both games – they were on at friendly times for me for once!

So the Bs are playing every second day for the rest of time, seemingly. That’s really crap. Even if they don’t burn out by the end of the season what chance do they have to make an impact in the playoffs? Maybe they can use some sort of squad rotation to keep the better players a bit fresher? Still it makes it even more of a shame that the Canadian guys didn’t have the option to go to the Olympics, where they might actually have won something.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I haven’t heard and am wondering about the schedule gap that was intended for the Olympics…. will it be used to make up games or will it remain so players can go on their own? I’m so confused!

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As I understand it (translation: may be totally wrong!) There now won’t be a break in February because there’s such a backlog of games to get through. And players aren’t allowed to go to the Olympics, even if they give up their NHL pay while they’re away, which is what Marchy was so miffed about.

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It sounds like the league is going to use it to make up games that were missed in Dec.

I tried to look at the Bruins updated schedule this weekend and couldn’t make sense of it, because all of the games vs the Kings, Ducks, Sharks had disappeared, and a rescheduled game vs the Habs was marked as an exhibition game and I don’t know what that any of that is going to mean in the real world.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I don’t know what that any of that is going to mean in the real world.
Must be one of those “need to know things”, like James Bond.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
Happy New Year! Happy point streak! Very difficult for teams to develop chemistry with the line up lottery happening nightly. If the Bruins, or any team, stay healthy, their chances are good.
New year, new river! The Winni provided great whitewater and the city of Franklin, NH made us welcome. The run ends downtown. The city had a tent set up with propane heaters, hot coffee, and hot food right at the take out. Great day!

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The Winni provided great whitewater

I would not have guessed that. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to that river.

the city of Franklin, NH made us welcome.

I probably would have guessed that one.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

The city of Franklin is creating a whitewater park downtown! They have a surfing wave already built and they plan to build more features upstream a bit. The park will use natural flow by narrowing the banks in places where the features are built. They also have a great disc golf course in town… We would move, but New Hampshire is weird.

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The London Bear
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We would move, but New Hampshire is weird.

A bit like old Hampshire then!

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“Live free or die” is their motto, but they are selective in it’s application