Morning Free Association: Bruins (23-12-2)

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The Boston Bruins won their second game against the Washington Capitals this month in a tight game that was won within the final minute 4-3. But, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t casualties.

In the first period, Anton Blidh left the game with an injury after receiving a clean, hard hit from Tom Wilson. I know it seems odd to say that but the point of contact was Blidhs chest and it wasn’t even blindside.

Unfortunately even good hits have bad results.

Some time in the second period, Brad Marchand got drilled into the boards by sentient boatshoe Garnet Hathaway.

Hathaway was not called for boarding, which it was, and probably won’t receive supplemental discipline because it was Marchand whom he hit.

I heard the postgame media availability but curiously the Boston Bruins Twitter page hasn’t posted it. However, NESN managed to catch the quote I wanted.

“The March one I didn’t like at all. The officials right there in front of it didn’t call it, the trail officials called it. I’m not sure why the guy watching it didn’t. Hit the guy in the numbers in a vulnerable spot. We’ve seen that from that player in the past too. I didn’t like that one at all. I guess the league may or may not look at it. When it comes to Marchy, sometimes they kind of move on but in this particular case it seemed like a vulnerable spot against the boards. At the end of the day we were able to overcome it and other guys got an opportunity to step up.”

We’ll see what happens. Hopefully Brad isn’t too badly damaged.

It’s too bad he was hurt because he gave some fan this beauty:

The scoring was back and forth with one team taking the lead and the other neutralizing it. David Pastrnak had 2 goals, his 17th and 18th, one at even strength and another with the man advantage.

After Brad’s injury, Jake DeBrusk was promoted to the top line at left wing. He didn’t waste his opportunity. He scored a goal, which was attributed to Bergy for a while, and assisted on the game winning PPG by Charlie McAvoy.

Next up: Winnipeg visits on Saturday for a game at a stupid time, 3pm.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Woo it’s 10 degrees out! Might have to go sit outside with a margarita and enjoy the heatwave! lol

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Brr!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yup, -3 here… that means -10 or 11 for you, no?

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Yup. though it looks like it’s warmed up to -9!

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IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Yuck. We’re at a balmy +8°F

The leaves on the forest floor are all flattened & frozen together, so it feels & sounds like one is marching through thin brown paper bags.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I took a walk on crunchy snow. Loudest noise in town! grin

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

All the popping noises when it’s brutally cold are insane!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

BTW, Taylor Hall 15 pts in last 15 games, Pasta 12 pts in his last 9

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Good move putting those two together, although Pasta probably wasn’t happy about it at the time.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

That pairing is finally starting to work out. I am very happy with them right now!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Hi all,

Good to bounce back from that debacle the other day. Not good to lose Marchy. Hopefully he doesn’t miss too much time. Hope he gave the phone back to the right fan as well!

Nice crisp morning for my walk today. We’ve had surprisingly little of the gloomy, grey, damp days that usually make up an English winter. That said it has now gone very cloudy …

We’ve got mum visiting for the weekend, though I can’t remember why. Maybe there is no special reason!

Winnipeg visits on Saturday for a game at a stupid time, 3pm

Aha, my five extra hours come in handy for once! 8pm is a nice start time for me wink

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
Great game! ESPN let us watch live! Emotions ran high, there was yelling and screaming!! I’m pretty fed up with the no calls against B rad lately. The last couple times it was right in front of a ref. Maybe the Josi elbow was viewed from a bad angle, but Hathaway’s hit should have been easy.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

These games against the Caps are a lot more fun than they were a few years ago, eh?!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Games against the Caps are more fun! I already received the conciliatory call from my brother. I still worry about Bruins getting injured versus the Caps…. seems to happen too often.

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IntentionallyWidenberg

I’m getting a little tired of Hathaway, though. The dude doesn’t seem to understand the difference between trying to intimidate & trying to injure.