Morning Free Association: On the Brink

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After winning the weekend games, the Bruins seemed to be heading to Raleigh with some momentum. Would it carry them through?

After ruling out Hampus Lindholm in the morning, the Bruins seemed poised to play the same defensive structure that they did on Sunday, which worked out well. However, a late afternoon addition of a suddenly cleared Charlie McAvoy seemed to lend some more excitement and dare I say possibilities of a victory.

But that was just about the only positive thing about Game 5. The Bruins steadily lost their scoring chances, the penalty battles, and eventually the game. By the beginning of the third period, they were being shut out 4-0 and ended the game 5-1 after a late Connor Clifton goal.

There’s not much to say about this game, so let’s just move on.

Thursdays game just became a must-win to stay in the series.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. I really enjoyed the Canes and them having fun and being fun with the whole Bunch of Jerks thing. Then they went and signed an actual jerk so screw them.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Lilac blossoms are close to opening and i caught the first whiff this morning!

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

One of my favorite spring smells!!

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

That was pretty disappointing. It was game 1 all over again. Bruins start out strong, can’t get a goal early on, and the Canes take over.
You knew the Canes had to answer the last two games, especially in their own barn, but I didn’t think it would be as one-sided as it turned out.

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And what happened with Tomas Nosek? He was great in the last two games, but last night he was warming the bench.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

He didnt play at all in the second period. I didn’t bother watching the third. Didnt notice him do anything particularly stupid in the first period. I just assumed he was hurt and waiting to feel better.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

. I just assumed he was hurt and waiting to feel better.

That was my impression. It would explain all the line scrambling, too. It seemed he was throwing names in a hat at times.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Good morning,
Ugh, the Bs had no answer for the Canes energy last night. Need to win two…. NOW.
Toronto came back against the Bolts… unheard of! This is some alternate NHL, right?
Working today and trying not to think about the Bruins. Summer through Sunday, then back to Spring… New England you are so strange.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

One thing did bother me last night – why couldn’t the officials review the play where Lazar was cut with a high stick. The penalty to Clifton in game 2? or whenever… there was a review without a penalty call on the ice, why not last night? That was 4 minutes of PP

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

It was infuriating. And of course both Bruins power plays got cut short by high-sticking penalties, and both times the Cane player held on to the Bruin stick. Were they diving? I dunno. They sure were selling something.
A good power play might have gotten the Bruins out of their funk, but the refs were not giving them an inch.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Unfortunately the Bruins of games one and two were back.

Where was the energy? Where was the physicality? Maybe Carolina were just too dynamic. Who knows? Either way, it’s do or die now.

Not sure what’s worse – scoring into your own net or letting that dickbag DeAngelo score.

And as you say, Toronto came back from two goals down. Ughhhhhhhh. What a night.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Not sure what’s worse – scoring into your own net or letting that dickbag DeAngelo score.
Tough call!
I kind of wanted Wood to play again. He’s a big boy and wasn’t bad in game 3

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Wood? I’ve lost the thread here.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Ooops, i meant Josh Brown, the defenseman acquired at the deadline from the Tootsies. Senior moments, i guess. Anyway, i thought Brown Wood looked good!

The London Bear
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The London Bear

If you mean Brown, I was thinking the same. I’d have him over Reilly in that situation.

In darts there’s an old saying – play the board, not the opponent. But in hockey sometimes it’s better try to beat the other team, rather than play the best hockey (if that makes sense!)

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Absolutely. In hockey, the opponent is the board, really.
For example, I think TFreddy has a negative “value against replacement” in this series, but has been a positive vs the Caps.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Summer through Sunday, then back to Spring… New England you are so strange.

Supposed to be 80 today! Fortunately it’s been nice and cool at night so my apartment has stayed at a very comfortable temp. And Nugget has been enjoying sitting in front of the screen door and bird watching.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Raining here. I guess it’s good for the garden.

Our cat used to like bird watching. Does Nugget make that funny chattering noise at them?

Oh, l just finished Ozark, btw eek

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Oh yeah, she’s been chattering away since Spring began! It was extra amusing this morning because she was sitting next to me and purring AND chattering at the birds. Nugget is a noisy cat!

And yeah, holy moly that Ozark finale! I understand why they did it but I’m still not happy about it! lol