Morning Free Association: 3 Games to Go

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The regular season is mercifully coming to an end but still not fast enough. Can you believe that the playoffs start in just a week? It’s true! They officially start on Monday, May 2nd. But the Bruins have 3 more games to play before they can get there or maybe even know their opponent. At this point it’s Carolina but a lot can change with the Canes only having 2 games left and the Rags 3.

The Bruins are doing their part having earned 4 points this weekend, defeating both the Rangers and Canadiens in a back-to-back weekend. Saturday marked the return of David Pastrnak, Hampus Lindholm, and Linus Ullmark and the team was much improved. Linus Ullmark was excellent and athletic in net, going 30-31, allowing only one puck to get past him on a Rags powerplay.

Lindholm looked solid taking 3 shots on goal and 1 takeaway.

His play allowed his pairing partner to be freed up to do things like this:

Chuckie was PHYSICAL on Saturday and it was good to see. When he wasn’t laying a big hit, he was manhandling Rags’ players without hooking or holding.

And Pasta did what he does best, score.

With a goal and an assist, he has reached 500 points in 508 games.

The Bruins won 3-1 with goals from Pasta, Taylor Hall, and Trent Frederic.

After just returning from injury, Pasta and Lindholm stayed home instead of traveling to Montreal while Ullmark sat on the bench to backup Jeremy Swayman if needed. The team looked very different.

After an excellent and very emotional ceremony in tribute to the late Guy Lafleur including a ten minute standing ovation by Habs fans, the Bruins were able to establish dominace early in the game going up two goals by Patrice Bergeron and Erik Haula.

I’m not sure if Haulas goal was funnier due to the circumstances or how he did it. First of all there was the “slash” that led to Haulas penalty shot.

Yeah, Haula sold that by dropping his stick. But that’ll teach Hoffman to try to play defensively.

And then there was the cringey callback to when Brad Marchand flubbed a shootout shot but different.

The Bruins eventually let the Habs back into the game, which was annoying first with Josh Andersons PPG. Thankfully Haula scored again and Charlie McAvoy scored his 10th on the season.

False confidence leads to lapses in play. While the Bruins took a 4-1 lead into the third period, the Habs were not going to go down so easily. With the first 8 minutes of the period Mike Hoffman scored on the power play and Nick Suzuki potted one at even strength. But the B’s managed to hold them off and even allow Patrice to score an empty net goal, his second on the night.

The Bruins next play against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

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Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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BTW, Petry’s hip check to Bergy looked pretty clean to me. I don’t like seeing the Captain get hit like that, but i am tired of fights over clean hits.

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Yeah, fair. But on the other hand, fuck the habs.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Oh,oh,oh!!! Richard E Grant sighting! We were watching Marple. Jo had no idea why i was so excited.

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Satan 81's Sister

I love how Richard E. Grant randomly became the mascot for B2B!

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Morning all. Monday already? Boo!

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Anonymous Monday!

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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I am ready for a weekend as i “worked” Saturday and Sunday!

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Good morning,
Great weekend of hockey! Were able to watch the Bs/Rags. Bruins smthered the Rags for large parts of the game. They will have to continue clogging up the neutral zone and counterattacking against their potential playoff opponents.
Umm, the Lightning are very scary ever since the Bs put the clamps on them in the two teams last meeting. They handled the Fancy Cats and made it look fairly easy, housed the Leafs last week, and are scoring goals in bunches. Looks like they get Toronto in the first round… that should be fun.
Great weather weekend, but i stayed home to work on the house and yard…. am i starting to act like a grown up?

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i really want to see the Bs head into the postseason with all of their pucks in a row, and they keep sleeping on teams, commit lazy giveaways (why, why, WHY to they love the blind drop pass so much? at least pay attention to where your opponents are on the ice when you move the puck!), or make bad line changes. They’ve been better against stronger teams, but still, they’re building bad habits. And the injuries have been disheartening. I thought they were gonna lose Hall last night.

Hopefully they can do well vs the fancy cats tomorrow. And maybe they can wake up their power play.

The London Bear
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There have been a few instances of miscommunication between D partners proving costly. I suppose it’s going to happen when you get a string of injuries to top defencemen but no less annoying for that.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Some of the miscues have been almost comic…. probably hilarious to opponents and their fans.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Morning all,

A weekend of nice results in inconsequential games (although good to hand the Habs their first nine-game losing streak since 1939. That said it’s hard to care much about Montreal when they’re this bad).

Good to have the squad fully fit again.

I wonder whether the Fancy Cats will put out a bunch of AHLers – depends how desperate they are for the Presidents Trophy, although the Avocados have lost four straight. We’ll see.

Planned to start watching season two of Russian Doll over the weekend, but after watching the brief recap I realised I remembered virtually nothing about season one, so instead I rewatched that! How long ago was it? Three years? Maybe four? Shocking memory. Still, at least I enjoyed watching it again and bang ready for Season Two now!

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I think season 1 came out 2019? 2019 feels like a lifetime ago! Finished season 2 last night. Really really loved it. And man do I feel like this season puts you through some intense therapy sessions.

The London Bear
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Oh I was hoping it wasn’t as recent as that! haha.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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RD sounds to intense for Jo and I. We’ll give it a try and see how far we get.