Morning Free Association: Defanged

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On Saturday, the Bruins faced off against the Nashville Predators for the second time this season. While the Bruins have been struggling to get into the playoff structure, the Preds had quietly put together a season that saw them atop the Central Division; currently the are in second behind the Avalanche. Winning 7 of their last 8, the Bruins are the hottest team in the NHL right now.

They continued their winning ways on Saturday but it was a difficult game in some aspects. The Bruins would score, the Preds would score. After the B’s let their initial 2 goal lead slip away, each team would score at some point and then lose the lead again. Linus Ullmark was not playing his best game but he’s lucky that other players in front of him were.

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This is not only where the game was won but done so in dramatic fashion by David Pastrnak and Taylor Hall with an assist by Urho Vaakanainen.

Other Things:

One thing I didn’t like in the game was the no-call on Roman Josi elbowing Brad Marchand in the face. No penalty, no supplemental discipline likely because it’s (1) Roman Josi (a star) and (2) Brad Marchand (also a star but one with a reputation). I guess Marchy deserves it?

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I was lucky enough to go to the game with one Satan81. In the seats behind us, a probably drunk guy (PDG) was having a lot of fun yelling all sorts of things. During one hit early in the second period, one in which a Preds player landed on the ice, the PDG yelled, “Yeah, fuck that guy!”, which made me giggle. Later on when I saw this hit, I also yelled, “Yeah, fuck that guy!”, a phrase that I will use as often as I can from now on.

Bruins next take on the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night. Don’t forget to watch the pregame ceremony for Willie O’Ree’s banner!

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About 10″ of snow, so far! Yay!

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Make that 14″!

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Is this Storm Izzy, or is that still to come?

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Morning all. Boss gave us the day off so I’m being lazy. And apparently my grocery list is brought to you by the letter C: cereal, coffee, cat food, cookies, conditioner.

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Jo says our grocery list is sponsored by B! Bourbon, bread, bourbon, butter, bourbon, beer, bourbon, beef, etc

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Morning all,

Wow, what a game! I thought it was probably the most entertaining of the season so far, though I watched it immediately after getting home from the pub, so was in a good mood. Was I a PDG? Possibly. Didn’t shout many random things though. VA, I’m very jealous you were there!

I didn’t have a problem with the non-call on Josi’s elbow, though watching it back it wouldn’t be hard to make a case that he deserved a penalty.

I’m on to season three of Fargo, which is currently the most recent one available on UK Netflix. Loved the first two seasons and can’t pick a favourite, they were equally great.

Oh – sports people with Star Wars names: there’s a Belarusian biathlete named Hanna Sola – surely the female version of Han Solo! She’s pretty good – has a decent chance of a medal at the Olympics. And she definitely shoots first if she has any say in the matter!

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I’m on to season three of Fargo, which is currently the most recent one available on UK Netflix. Loved the first two seasons and can’t pick a favourite, they were equally great.

I popped for the call back to the money buried in the snow. Neat way to tie the show to the movie.

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I’m gonna have to rewatch the movie to see if I can spot all the references. I think I’ve got it on VHS somewhere – that’s how long it’s been since I’ve seen it!

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Good morning!
ESPN has been allowing us to watch replays of games. We’ve seen the last few start to finish (and seen the Finn start). Very happy with the Bruins play right now. Also, loving the contribution from the young’uns on D.
Anyone notice that old pal Steve Kampfer will play for the US Olympic team. Yay!
Snow falling hard right now!

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Anyone notice that old pal Steve Kampfer will play for the US Olympic team

I had not seen that, that’s cool. I see he now plays for Ak Bars (more Star Wars names!) in the KHL – they’re a decent team. Though the league is in a Covid hiatus at the moment.

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Yes, I’m pretty sure that is Admiral Ackbar’s team. They play the trap!

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The snow plows have been busy this morning, much to Nugget’s chagrin.

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Yup, snow plows have been busy in town. One cannot leave town, but can move freely around town.