Morning Free Association: They Won a Game!

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After dropping two games in some capacity this week, the Boston Bruins tried something different: winning. To be fair, they have won before this period of malaise and they will win again. However, this one was different because they had a special meeting to regroup before the game. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Waivers

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Brett Ritchie was placed on waivers yesterday for the purpose of assignment to the Providence Bruins. Ritchie hasn’t quite caught on when he’s played and it’s possible that his being sent down to the AHL is another message to the team that has gone 9-6-7 since December 1st, a team that looked to have turned a corner with last week’s play. The team’s effort has flat since the midway point of the Flyers game on Monday, with the team playing 72:39 seconds of game time without scoring a goal.

Of course, there are other reasons he could be sent down; the team could be looking to make room on the roster to bring up a goalie in the wake of Tuukka Rask’s concussion sustained on Tuesday night or they could be readying for a trade. The former is likely, the second is just a rumor for now.

Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal suggests that the Bruins aren’t losing anything with this move but will have to choose between bringing up a player with toughness or skill to replace him in the lineup. Luckily, both Anton Blidh (toughness) and Karson Kuhlman (skill) have returned to the game after their injuries kept them from playing for parts of the season.

Ryan suggests that Trent Frederic or Blidh could be called upon to fit that power forward position that Don Sweeney wants in the lineup. Frederic’s game has been improving in the AHL after a slow start with the P-Bruins. He also has a ton of penalty minutes, 102, if the B’s want someone who can punch some guys if needed. Zach Senyshyn and Kuhlman can be called up if speed is preferred.

We’ll see if anyone gets the call-up tonight when the Bruins take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for their 3rd game in 4 nights, this time at home.

Morning Free Association: Blown Away

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Chances are you’re waking up today in a world that doesn’t make any sense. The Boston Bruins, who stormed out of the gate in October and sputtered along since December, have now lost twice to an AHL team backed by a Latvian goalie that no one has ever heard of before named after one of the most famous rock and roll singers, Elvis Presley. Yes, the Bruins have dropped a game again to the Blue Jackets, this time in regulation. Failing to score a goal against the opposing team is a sure sign that you’re not going to win this game, giving Elvis Merzlikins his second shutout in his young NHL career. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Flyered

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You know what? I don’t even want to talk about last night’s game. There are only so many times one can describe and only so many words one can use to describe how the Bruins blew a three-goal lead and lost the game in the shootout. Been there, done that. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: If it’s Monday, it Must Be Philadelphia

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The Bruins are riding a three-game win streak after defeating the New York Islanders in overtime at Barclay’s Center on Saturday night. From New York, the team took a train to Philly after the game to be ready for practice and other shenanigans on Sunday. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Keep the Bruins Moms Forever

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Last night was the second and last game of the Bruins Moms Trip. Like the one in Nashville, the Bruins won this one, perhaps not as handily. Entering the third period, it wasn’t a given that the team would win seeing that they had traded the lead late in the second after playing catch up with goals throughout the game. Continue reading