Morning Free Association: A Close One

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Tuukka Rask made his first start since June of last year and the first after his hip surgery and rehab. While he got better through the game, he looked a little rusty in the middle. The first period was no real challenge for him at all.

David Pastrnak was on fire, scoring his first 2 goals in the first. Oh yes, he scored more than 2.

In the second period the Bruins let the Flyers back in the game. They seemed energized when Zack MacEwen played punchy face with our (new) guy, Tyler Lewington.

Oh yes, our team was down by two more defensemen again because John Moore left the game last night with an injury (presumed UBI) and Matt Grzelcyk was placed in the COVID Protocol. If you’re playing along at home, we have 4 D on the protocol or injured: Derek Forbort is quarantining in the Tampa Bay area, Connor Clifton is doing the same just in Washington (and Bruce Cassidy suggested he take an Uber home), and the aforementioned Grzelcyk and Moore. So, Jack Ahcan and Tyler Lewington made up the third pairing playing a respectable 13:06 and 12:23.

Lewington didn’t win anything other than 5 minutes in the box for fighting.

The Flyers score the next 2. First, it was Cam Atkinson on the powerplay after a Tomas Nosek interference penalty. Then the inevitable Joel Farabee goal.

Late in the second, Pasta scored his hat trick and game winner.

Tuukka Rask went 25-27 for a .926 save percentage in his first game back. Not a bad start. Pasta was glad to have him back and might have scored that hat trick for him.

Tuukka was glad to return to teammates like Urho Vaakanainen and Erik Haula. I mean, it’s nice to have countrymen that you don’t really want to talk to around you.

The Bruins return to action on Saturday afternoon in a Huge Manatee game at the Garden against the Nashville Predators.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh and I got to use some knowledge from GH with SatanMom last night. She asked the same question about LB about Ulmark and Swayman and one being sent down instead of the other. NMC for the win!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

The ESPN crew seemed unaware of the NMC too – they thought it was a waivers thing.

Who’s the female announcer? From the way she talks I assume an ex-player.

I had the TNT broadcast the other day. I like Jack Edwards more than most people do by the seems of it, but it’s nice to get some different viewpoints now and then!

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Bruins are in an interesting place now. 8th in the conference in both points and points %. Tied for 6th in goal differential – something I’ve found to be a very good predictor of a team’s ability to maintain their place in the standings. Teams are generally either above +10 or below -1, providing a stark dividing line. (i.e. Based on today’s standings, I expect Calgary to make the playoffs, San Jose to implode, and Anaheim to squeak into a wildcard)

Tuukka definitely makes the team stronger, but probably not by a lot – Ullmark and Swayman have done pretty well, and Tuukka has only played 60 minutes of hockey in the last 8 months. The Bruins have done well while missing players, but every other franchise has been dealing with missing players as well. Haula has found a nice niche between Pasta & Hall, but I don’t see him as a long term solution at 2C. However, having Pasta & Hall together means that teams can’t just load up their defensive shut down players against Bergy & Marchy and shut down the Bruin’s scoring.

I assume that other teams will make some good trade deadline moves, and that the Bruins will need to keep up if they want to contend. Paul Bissonette was suggesting that Jacob Chychrun was looking to leave Arizona and that he’d be a good acquisition for the Bruins – I guess that would push Mike Reilly onto the bench – though Chychrun has 3 more years on his contract which might be a good use of some draft picks/prospects.
The defense as is is good but not great, so probably a decent place to upgrade. I’m still more concerned about the 2nd & 3rd forward lines.

The London Bear
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having Pasta & Hall together means that teams can’t just load up their defensive shut down players against Bergy & Marchy and shut down the Bruin’s scoring.

That’s a very good point. It certainly seems to be working so far!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

All eyes are on Phoenix tradewise. Rumors abound. I’m pretty sure affordableplayers will stay put. What about Phil Kessel? Could be a great rental! He still gets it done and Boston has great hotdogs!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Practically a heat wave out there this morning. Prepping for the deep freeze tonight!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
2022 is looking good, so far. Balanced scoring, great team D, and now solid goaltending. I guess Ullmark stays and Boston suddenly has the best goalie 1, 2 in the league.
My reasoning when pushing a deal for Stalman and Ladd was, hey, give up some future for a last run with Bergy. Maybe Stralman isn’t necessary, but a net front presence like Ladd would be great. Could Recchi come back for one more Cup run?
Our friends\ part time neighbors gave us a squirrel proof bird feeder.for Christmas. We were not going to put one up here as they attract rodents, etc. Well, we put it up at the back of our yard, near the precipice over the river. It’s Grand Central Station out there. Birds, birds, birds

The London Bear
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The London Bear

In this form why not think about a Cup run?! I am a bit worried about the intense schedule catching up with them down the line. Can’t we just start the playoffs now?

It’s Grand Central Station out there. Birds, birds, birds

Nice! And a variety of species?

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Winter flocks! Yes, a variety. Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Juncos, a few species of woodpecker…. pretty sure i saw Eastern Bluebirds here this morn. Titmice, Nuthatches.. i’m leaving out a bunch. Just waiting for the hawks now…

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Good to see your feeder working out. Yeah, you need to keep them away from structures, and the squirrels are relentless & inventive.
My dad used to have one, but I found it hard to maintain the discipline needed to keep it filled & repair the squirrel damage. But then again, he was the bird guy, not me.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Only one squirrel, so far. It’s made several unsuccessful attempts. They never give up. Part of the fun is watching them go at the feeder. I have welding equipment. Let the games begin!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning,

What’s a Tyler Lewington? Literally never heard of him before. He did ok, although his fighting skills could do with a brush up.

Nice return from Tuukka. He looked good overall.

I thought Erik Haula was Swedish! You learn something every day. I see Wideman has been suspended a game for the headbutt. Good.

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Me on hearing that Tyler Lewington has slotted into the lineup:

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I guess he’s been in Providence all season and I never noticed. HockeyDB sez he’s been bouncing between AHL & NHL franchises for a few seasons now.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hey, there was a Pastatrick – I guess you must’ve been at the game?!