Morning Free Association: Roadtrip!

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The Boston Bruins start their final (?) roadtrip of the regular season tonight in St. Louis against the Blues. This trip will be a relatively quick two stop one, first in the Gateway to the West and a stop in the Steel City against the Penguins. The boys will be home in time to meet the New York Rangers in Boston on Saturday.

Hopefully Trent Frederic will be on his best behaviour in his hometown against the team he acted like an idiot against last week resulting in his benching for a game.

Bruce Cassidy had some updates before the team flew out west. David Pastrnak, Hampus Lindholm, and Linus Ullmark all stayed behind in Boston. They haven’t been ruled for Saturday’s game or a return next week before the playoffs begin. Jesper Froden also has a lower body injury and stayed back.

With a spot at right wing open on the second line, Cassidy is getting funky with it by promoting Curtis Lazar to that line.

The Bruins have nothing to lose right now since they’ve clinched and the Capitals are not likely catching up. So, why not experiment and have some fun. Other lineup changes are not all that outlandish involve Tomas Nosek back in centering the fourth line with Marc McLaughlin on his right wing.

Tonight’s game in on ESPN+ at 8pm.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Morning all. I saw yesterday that Martin Richard’s (one of the Marathon bombing victims) brother ran the Boston Marathon yesterday in his memory. My eyes got leaky reading that one.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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GH mentioned that Bobby Carpenter has been running with “Team Hoyt” and I swelled with No. Reading pride.

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I’m not eager to see the Blues vs a Bruins team missing Pasta and Lindholm and with Swayman having issues with rebound control and an anemic power play. Reilly, Forbert & Carlo haven’t been their best lately, either. I don’t think the B’s match up well against the Blues in general, and with all those holes currently open, I’m not so hopeful.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Hopefully Wood plays. Call up any knuckleheads that might be available for this game.

The London Bear
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Hi folks,

Busy holiday weekend – hard to keep track of the days!

Saw the first half of Saturday’s manatee, then later accidentally found out I’d seen all the scoring. A good example for the Bruins of the importance of starting on time!

Good fun Saturday at the wildlife park. Learned a lot about birds of prey and even saw “my” vulture flying, which was very cool. Also saw a Great Grey Owl, which was about four times bigger than any owl I’ve seen before. Didn’t even think it was real until it moved!

Leah spent all of yesterday morning repeatedly solving a Rubik’s cube. Very impressive as this is something I’ve never been able to wrap my head around. Also nice to see a kid absorbed in something other than a screen. Afternoon to the farm park – lots of cute lambs and chicks and ducklings.

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Good fun Saturday at the wildlife park. Learned a lot about birds of prey and even saw “my” vulture flying, which was very cool. Also saw a Great Grey Owl, which was about four times bigger than any owl I’ve seen before. Didn’t even think it was real until it moved!

Neat!
We’ve got a Barred Owl in the neighborhood – I got a good look at it once – it was at least 20″ tall, but I guess that would only correspond to an adolescent Great Grey Owl. They seem to hang out up in the trees where one can’t really see them, though every now and then he’ll swoop briefly into view.

Leah spent all of yesterday morning repeatedly solving a Rubik’s cube. Very impressive as this is something I’ve never been able to wrap my head around.

Mmm. That’s impressive. Honestly, I’ve only solved one a couple of times, though there are the books that tell the tricks to do so reliably. I remember there used to be a game-show/spelling-bee where high school & college kids would race to solve cubes the fastest, and they got ridiculously fast times – so fast that it seems like it was too easy for them and the fun would have been lost. Like a college graduate doing a multiple choice puzzle designed for 10 yr olds.

The London Bear
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though there are the books that tell the tricks to do so reliably.

She was using a method my dad taught her, although you still have to do some of the legwork. They’ve both tried to explain it to me, though, and I still can’t do it!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Rubik’s Cube? I’m lucky if i can find my way to the coffee pot in the morning!

Satan 81's Sister
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I’m picturing the Bear Clan becoming the Simpsons episode where to go live on a farm and grow tomacco!

The London Bear
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Ha! That tastes disgusting – give me some more!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Farm parks are great. A lot of them are doing rescue animals or animals with human imprint. Mostly great horned owls here. Impressive wingspan!

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Mostly great horned owls here. Impressive wingspan!

Cool. I expect you don’t have much trouble with rats and mice, then!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Oddly, we have a lot of chipmunks. Just started having squirrels this year… really haven’t seen many mice this year… i guess they all still live in that cottage next door.
Incidently, looks like the sale fell through. Buyer couldn’t get a mortgage approved for three times the places value!!!:-)

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Good morning!
Go Bruins! It would be nice to return the favor to the Blues… beating them in their house. Home teams were 1 win, 3 losses (Boston), and 1 wins, 2 losses (Blues) way back in ’19 SCF, so there would be no surprise there, eh? Two very similar teams, might even be able to watch live! Arch villian David Perron is scoring like never before, averaging just over a point per game
Trying to get my body healed before the concrete arrives on Thursday. Then i can beat it like a rented mule for a few days. I wish i had resurrected the lost art of ice harvesting over the winter. I will need a lot of it soon.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Only about an inch of the National Weather Service’s three to six inch prediction… Sis may have a different tale to tell.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

You’ve still got snow?! We’ve been getting sunburned all weekend. Hope spring makes its way across to you soon!

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A couple of years ago we had snow flurries all the way through a good chunk of May! I tend to not put away winter stuff until about July. lol

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We were on the other side of the snow/rain line. We got a pretty solid drenching all night long.
A lot more than would correspond to an inch or two of snow.

Satan 81's Sister
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We got a few inches of heavy gross snow/slush. It’s a soupy mess outside. Power’s flickered a few times.

The London Bear
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Arch villian David Perron is scoring like never before

Buchnevich has been a bit of a Bruins killer lately too, eh?

I think the rest of the regular season I’ll be focusing more on the Rags than the Bruins. I do NOT want to face Carolina in the first round! (Or any round, ideally!)

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Yeah, Buchnevich has been a handful. And we’re gonna have to hear Jack drastically overdoing the “nyeh” sound in his name all night, too.

I have no idea which team I’d rather see the Bruins face – Fla or Car. Both have been pretty tough opponents this year. I could see either matchup happening. The Caps are only 1 point behind the Bruins right now.

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Hoping the Bs stay ahead of Caps and the Rags overtake the Canes!