Morning Free Association: A Close One

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Tuukka Rask made his first start since June of last year and the first after his hip surgery and rehab. While he got better through the game, he looked a little rusty in the middle. The first period was no real challenge for him at all. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Bruins (19-11-2)

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Over the past decade, the Boston Bruins have had a hell of a time getting past the Washington Capitals. Part of that was a stout Caps defense and a robust offense. When they were backed by Braden Holtby, it seemed the B’s met their kryptonite. But, things have changed in the past couple of years, with Boston winning more games than the Caps. Last night was possibly the best of the Bruins and the worst of the Caps. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Bruins (18-11-2)

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If you went into watching Saturday night’s game with some trepidation, I don’t blame you. The Bruins and Lightning have met once before this season when both teams were missing key players: the Bruins Brad Marchand (suspension) and the Lightning Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point (injuries). The result of that team was an overtime win for the visiting Bolts, 3-2. That in and of itself would instill fear; that would be Tampa’s dominance over the past couple of years and their second place standing in the Atlantic. There is a third reason: those ugly-ass sweaters they were wearing last night. I like black uniforms but perhaps those were a bit too dark. I couldn’t read the numbers so I just decided to blame everything other than scores on Anthony Cirelli. Some guy is sitting on Charlie Coyle after the faceoff? Get off him, Anthony Cirelli. Some other guy is pushing David Pastrnak around? Back off, Cirelli! Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Shutout

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Last night in Nashville, the Boston Bruins managed to put together a solid, full-60 effort in a 2-0 shutout over the Predators. The game was the second game without Brad Marchand (suspension) and head coach Bruce Cassidy (Covid protocol).

Jeremy Swayman saw a career high 42 shots against him in his 3rd career shutout and 1st of the season. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Red Wings Needed Red Bull…

…because they needed some wings.

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Last night’s game had many storylines. First among them is that there are apparently two versions of the Red Wings, dependent upon whether or not their captain, Dylan Larkin, is in the lineup. Another narrative involves the other captain, the sainted Patrice Bergeron, what he did and what the team did when he ended up in the penalty box. Then there was the tale of the penalties: both teams had plenty but one continually capitalized. Continue reading