Morning Free Association: Back in Town

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The Boston Bruins are back in town for the first time in nearly two weeks, home from their six-game road trip out west. They return with an incredible 10 of 12 points and are knocking on the door of third place in the Atlantic. This position was once a pipe dream since it seemed that the Toronto Maple Leafs were strong enough to hold on to that spot. However, the Leafs are doing what they tend to do in the Spring — lose. They’ve lost two in a row and are 5-4-1 in their last ten. The B’s in that span went 7-2-1. Though the Leafs have a game in hand, the Bruins are only two points behind them. These two teams also have two head-to-heads in the next six weeks.

Tonight, the Los Angeles Kings are in town to avenge the loss of their dignity at home, 7-0. Everything about this game smells like a trap game just because the B’s are back home for the first time in forever and they had such a good time on the road. I hope I’m wrong.

On Saturday night, Patrice Bergeron gave a postgame interview that captured how happy he was that they played well on the road but would be going home. It was one of those moments that was so sweet because he mentioned how much he loved his kids

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and how he was going to give each of them a kiss when he returned, even though they’d be asleep. And then he mentioned that he couldn’t wait to have breakfast with them in the morning.

Then I saw this and was reminded of his BDE (Big Daddy Energy).

Tonight’s game will be at 7pm on NESN.

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The Bruins have played some good hockey lately, with some stretches of really getting lost in the weeds. Between them and the Pride, I have gained gobs of anxiety at the end of periods. Mostly from the lack of consistency in closing out the period.

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I was so pissed off at the end of the Columbus game watching all the breaks go to the BJs. They were mostly pointed out pretty vociferously on the NESN feed – because Jack… — but the BJs got about 2 minutes to decide whether to challenge a goal, (and it was obvious that they were sitting there reviewing a feed right in front of the ref) without using their timeout, and they later used their time out. There was a strange delay, while the refs and the timekeeper were fussing around, without changing the game clock (because it was correct). Then they didn’t start the clock until 4 seconds after puck drop. Then a goal is scored with 1.8 seconds left on the clock (after the game should have ended). Then the clock jumped from 1.8 to 2.8 before the next puck drop, at which point it dropped from 2.8 to 0.0 after puck drop.
The suspicious part of me wants to think that it was an attempt to make up for a missed call right before the Haula goal. (he got his stick in Voracek’s legs when he started to go up ice – a ref’s hand went up, but that appears to have been because of a hold by Columbus along the wall in front of the penalty bench) but I suspect that the timekeeper was just having a day.

On the plus side, I really have enjoyed watching T-Freddy move the puck this past week. That line has been pretty good.

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The suspicious part of me wants to think that it was an attempt to make up for a missed call right before the Haula goal.

I agree it was a blatant missed call, but there are far too many “make good” attempts by the officials, the vast majority of which are very ham-fisted and just lead to more bad feeling.

Why can’t they accept sometimes they get calls wrong. Sometimes that goes in your favour, sometimes it goes against you. Over time they will even out – especially in an 82-game season.

Making up for an accidental bad call by making an intentional one is madness IMHO.

@Stripes – what did you used to do if you decided you’d made a bad call? Or maybe you didn’t make any!

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D’oh – identity abandoned me again!

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Stripes – what did you used to do if you decided you’d made a bad call? Or maybe you didn’t make any!
Oh, i made plenty of mistakes, bad calls, and missed calls. My main mantra after was “make sure it’s a good one”. I have been accused of make up calls, but if that make up call is a legit penalty, is it a make up call? I would say that after one blows a call, it is human nature to scrutinize the team that benefits more closely. That said, no official wants to appear to have evened things up. Mostly, one has to swallow some pride and own it.
I should have gone into politics… i can double talk with the best of ’em

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I think i mentioned before how the Danbury Trashers instructed their scorekeepers how to run a slow or fast clock, depending on the home team’s status in the latter parts of a game. Jo was taught the technic later, although she did not work for the DTs. I know a little about it. It ain’t rocket science. I’d like to believe that that wouldn’t fly in an NHL arena, but who knows?

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Morning all. Between cranking some Lil Nas X while cleaning the shower, watching Summer of Soul, and listening to a lot of Gogol Bordello over the weekend, my ears were very happy with my musical choices.

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Morning folks, hope you had a good weekend,

That was some road trip, eh?! I always see the first home game after a long trip as an expected loss, and the Kings are obviously a lot better than a 7-0 defeat suggests. I believe they actually outshot the Bs in that game! Hopefully the boys can stay hot, though. Hitting their peak at the right time. When’s the trade deadline?

After what feels like weeks of storms and rain we’ve been enjoying some sunshine. Nice walk with Woody the dog yesterday. He’s quite a character. Kept nudging my pocket that had his treats in it, then when I turned round he sat up in his “good boy” pose. Of course I gave him the treats!

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Kept nudging my pocket that had his treats in it, then when I turned round he sat up in his “good boy” pose. Of course I gave him the treats!

Ha ha! Boomer has learned to watch whenever one of us has a hand in a pocket, anticipating a treat.

When’s the trade deadline?

Man, I am so disconnected from the trade deadline this year, I had to google it (March 21st). The top targets people are talking about are Giroux and Giordano – neither of whom seem likely targets for the Bruins (though if you want to play Giroux at 2C, that might be pretty neat…)

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Ah, just two weeks away. Giordano, 2019 Norris winner, might not be a bad rental pick-up? Considering how often we have to call up kids to play D. Would probably have to give up too much, I guess.

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Giroux at 2C… the Bruins win every faceoff for the rest of the season.

I would still like another veteran D man. Just a little depth would make this team scary!

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Good morning!
All is right with the world. Bruins are kicking butt, weather is getting springlike, and the snow is melting. Had to skip hockey this week as i aggravated an old injury shoveling snow. We played disc golf instead. So great to get outside.
Rolling four lines and everyone contributing. Swayman is red hot… let’s hope tonight is not a trap!

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Was nice to shut off the heat and open the windows yesterday! Did you get the big wind gusts last night?

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We did get big wind and are supposed to get more tonight as the temp drops back to winter!

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