Yesterday, the Boston Bruins took a flight cross-country to head home for a huge 5-game homestand. Naturally, there’s no real news. I meqn David Krejci is day-to-day with some lower body injury that he acquired on the trip but other than that, nada.
Goalie tandems are hot right now. So hot that GMs are trying to figure out if they can get a working tandem and structure their payroll and cap around the idea of 2 goalies sharing in the 82 starts more evenly. This isn’t exactly new but it is trending now and I’m happy to say that we as Bruins fans have seen our club do this in the recent past (remember Jennings Trophy winners Rask and Halak?) and currently with strong veteran Linus Ullmark and his protégé, Jeremy Swayman.
We love our goalies because they are so joyful for each other when either of them wins. Their hugs are infectious and I find myself getting irritable when we can’t have them. As it turns out they started the tradition in their first training camp together with it eventually spilling over to regular season games. Swayman and Ullmark’s friendship spilled over to outside the team and the game.
Swayman and Ullmark started building their relationship several weeks prior to their first training camp together. They shared ideas about wanting to learn from each other, the need to build a sense of camaraderie and to figure out what they could do to help the Bruins win.
Their relationship turned out to be something much greater than that. Swayman and Ullmark have become extremely close. Swayman said he goes to Ullmark’s house every day and plays with his kids while openly declaring Ullmark’s wife, Moa, might be one of the best bakers he has ever met.
“I’m trying my hardest to not eat as many buns because if I do, I’ll be 300 pounds,” Swayman said. “She is the rock star in the relationship.
“It comes down to who we are as people. We are both outgoing, happy and excited to meet new people. He gets along with everyone the same way I do and it’s awesome we have that mindset. It has heightened the way we get along and have become friends.”
Having a veteran netminder as a best friend on the team can be valuable as one gains experience in the NHL.
Swayman said the fact he can turn to Ullmark, who has also gone through some tough times in his career, is extremely valuable. It allows him to keep a good attitude while also having someone he considers “a mentor and a brother” help him.
“It’s pretty amazing how goalies can learn from each other and from watching each other,” Swayman said. “That’s why we get so animated in our postgame celebrations. You understand as a goalie how hard it is to win in this league and that is what is most exciting about when you do win.”
We’ll get to see more goalie hugs this week starting tonight when the New York Islanders play the Bruins at 7pm.
Had our office party last night. Fun times as always. There are a couple of empty beer cans and plastic wine cups littered around the office because we are a classy bunch!
Office party on a Monday? No work getting done this week!
There’s confidence! I like it! The Isles beat the Devils the other day.
Iirc that was the second time Halak won the Jennings as part of a tandem. Think him and Jake Allen got it at St Louis. I wonder whether that’s what gave the Bs the idea.
This morning, for the first time ever, I cleared our driveway of snow! Luckily it’s only big enough to fit one car on – as long as that car is not too big!
My side hustle is renting it out as a parking space, and it’s quite popular as we’re almost next door to a hospital with expensive parking.
Since I don’t own a shovel, or a broom, I used a spade, which was quite noisy (sorry neighbours!) but got the job done.
This morning, for the first time ever, I cleared our driveway of snow!
It loses it’s appeal rather quickly. I resisted buying a snowblower for years. I wouldn’t be out here without one, now. Our driveway isn’t much bigger than yours, but i clear our neighbors driveway and the walk in front of their house, as well. We have no sidewalk. It ends at our neighbors. When i asked why i was told that Dennis (former owner of this house) didn’t want one. Well i do!
6-12″ of fresh stuff coming our way Friday! Yikes.
Yeah, I have done some shovelling in Slovakia. Not much fun!
Our cold snap is not due to last much longer. 10C and non-stop rain forecast for the weekend!
I guess I’d better finish putting yard stuff away then.
Well I guess we’re never getting another delivery until March. The stuff that came down Sunday night isn’t going away and now we’re gonna get buckets of the stuff.
Also, screw Dennis!
Read the rest of yesterday’s MFA when i got home. Now i’m sorry i was home too late for Pride @ Beauts on Sunday.. So everyone had to wait to throw their Teddy bears et al. It reminds me of a time when the Celtics beat the Lakers in game 7 in LA. Red Auerbach looked up as he lit his cigar. “What are they going to do with all those baloons?” He asked.
We watched the Riveters vs Toronto 6. Great game.
Made it all the way to clients unplowed uphill driveway before the adventure started yesterday. Things got dicey, but with a lil patience i made it. I had lots of weight in the van, a shovel and sand. A layer of pine needles and leaves frozen under the snow was the real culprit. Today should be easier.
I love how whenever a team or individual wins a sporting championship they immediately put on commemorative T-shirts. There must be tons of shirts out there celebrating championship wins that never happened. Would make a good collection!
Yes! I would love some hat or jersey fails!
I heard that they used to ship them off to foreign aid NGOs. So some African village where they were putting in a new freshwater well would wind up with local folks getting Cincinnati Bengals Superbowl T-shirts. I don’t think it works that way anymore.
Looks like it still does:
Oh that’s brilliant! I had no idea. And explains why you never see them.