Morning Free Association: 72 down, 10 to go

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You can’t win them all and neither can the Bruins, although they were close to sweeping the Caps season series. After a heck of a game on Friday night against the Lightning down in Tampa, the Bruins just couldn’t find their game at the Capitals and dropped it 4-2. With the Bolts’ win yesterday, this dropped the Bruins back into Wild Card 1, a playoff seed in which they’ve become downright comfy.

There are only 10 games left in the regular season. While more teams are clinching by the day, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Washington, and Boston have yet to do so. They will once they hit that magic number in which other teams get mathematically eliminated.

The fact that they didn’t completely fall apart against either of the teams they played this weekend says a lot about how mentally tough this team is. On Friday, the team was without David Pastrnak for the second game in a row and without Hampus Lindholm for the first game since he arrived in Boston. It wasn’t much of a surprise that he was out since he failed to practice in the morning. I’m not quite sure where I am on the old panic meter since I kind of vacillate between being concerned, frustrated, and a shrug emoji; players who have injuries, no matter how minor or severe, still should have some time to rest before the playoffs. However, I just wish that we wouldn’t get shiny new players at the deadline and then break them within weeks.

On Friday night, the two teams were 1-1 going into overtime, when Charlie Coyle called game. It was a crazy fun game for a low scoring affair with each goaltender playing well and Boston recording 37 shots on goal. It felt like the playoffs (which cannot get here soon enough).

Yesterdays game was a different, more brutal affair. Not only were Pasta and Lindholm out again, but the B’s went down another player during the match: Matt Grzelcyk was knocked out of the game with an UBI in the first period. The Caps kept taking some questionable hits and rattling players like Brandon Carlo and Jake DeBrusk but they stayed in the game. It was fun trying to figure out what the refs would or wouldn't call.

Honestly I kind of fell asleep after the second period because I wasn’t feeling so great. I woke up just as Ovechkin scored the empty net goal. Was it that that woke me up or Boomer barking at me to take him for a walk? Who knows, but it sucked either way.

The one good piece of news from this weekend is that the Bruins have signed Oskar Steen to a two-year, one-way deal worth $800K annually at both levels. This deal starts next year.

The B’s next play tomorrow night against the St Louis Blues. It’s been over 2 years since these two have played against each other. It will also be the first time that Torey Krug returns to the Garden ice. Surely, it will be an emotional night.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. Finished Only Murders in the Building this weekend. That was a fun one if you’ve haven’t watched it yet.

And I also watched some of the matches from last weekend’s Wrestlemania. One of the celebrity matches was Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass crew. It was the epitome of dumb fun and I enjoyed every minute of it. lol

The London Bear
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I really enjoyed Only Murders – new season coming in June!

There are people who change more in a month than Steve Martin and Martin Short have since the 80s!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

I really liked having Selena Gomez as the younger person for them to play off of. They made for a fun trio!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

We started OMitB, but got distracted… definitely revisiting that one.

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I missed some portions of that game – was trying to slip in a little yard work between period breaks. I missed whatever happened to Grizz, and the Caps first goal. Caps games are hard to get excited for. They aren’t a rival and aren’t that close to being so.

Clinching should happen soon! I think the Isles are 10 games behind the Bruins with 11 games remaining.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Yup. Isles are done.. there’s just no way.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning!
I am not a fan of the Caps… every time the Bs play them, some Bruin gets hurt. The game isn’t all that important. I didn’t care for Ovie getting the empty netter with one second left either, although no one will ask how many of his goals were EN at the end of his career.
Hey, how about Ullmark? Dude is on fire right now.
Watched the NCAA final. Denver is going to be a force for awhile. Loads of underclassmen. I love that Dryden McKay, undrafted goalie from Minnesota State, won the Hobey Baker Award.
Great paddle on a rockin’ river Friday! Got to hang with friends, too. We have a friend in her 70s who had double knee replacement about six months ago. Yup, she boated. She liked having a great support team, but didn’t need any help. Awesome!

The London Bear
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Hey, how about Ullmark? Dude is on fire right now.

Agreed! I felt the scoreline was very harsh on him, some of the saves he was making.

I’ll be amazed if I make my 70s, let alone get there in any kind of shape. Wrenched my shoulder yesterday, while stretching!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

I always thought I would be lucky if I saw the new millennium, but here I am, twenty two years later. While one shouldn’t count their chickens before they hatch,… one should do all they can to keep those eggs viable….

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Yeah, I was annoyed by the ENG as well. I’ve found Ovi’s shameless stats chasing to be unseemly, but mostly I just wanted the period to end without another delay, meaningless face-off, etc.

I generally dislike Caps games because of the excess borderline hits and uncalled penalties. Early in the game I saw Hathaway slash away at Marchand’s midsection pretty aggressively, 2x in a row, and no call. Grizz got knocked out of the game entirely (when was the last time the Bruins finished a game vs the Caps with all 6 D-men?), and Connor McMichael seems to hold on every play. And this was a game where Tom Wilson was relatively quiet.

The London Bear
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“Relatively” doing the heavy lifting there!

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I make sure my words are physically fit!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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excess borderline hits and uncalled penalties
Exactly! I said it to my brother this morning in the conciliatory call… he didn’t say much, but i know he enjoys the shitty side of hockey.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning,

I’m not liking losing all these top players. Grizz too now? I watched the game and the commentators mentioned he was out (in between chat about nicknames and suits) but I don’t remember seeing him get hurt. Hopefully they will all be back in time for the playoffs.

The sun is back out here. Meant to be a proper spring week this week.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Healthy for the playoffs…. that’s all that matters now