Morning Free Association: 2020 NHL Awards, Part 1

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One of these days I will actually do what I said I would do: viewing all the Bruins media Zoom calls and summing them up and  giving my impressions. It wouldn’t take long but I really have to be in the right mindset to absorb it, to have an attention span that is longer than that of a fly, and to be able to get past the screenshot of Sean Kuraly looking extra fine on his call. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Conference Finals

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Both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals have begun! The Eastern Conference teams, the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders, have moved three provinces over from the comfort of the Toronto bubble to Edmonton. Each series has one game down, with the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning striking first. The two series after the first game couldn’t be any different. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Zee’s End of Season

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I don’t know about you, but it’s been a week. Like every week is a week but this week has been a weekier week than most. So, instead of ending the week on a downer, let’s just all embrace this Instagram post from “Oh Captain! My Captain!”,  Zdeno Chara. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Bandages

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A couple of days have passed since the Bruins lost in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The players, coaches, and personnel have returned home to Boston (and likely beyond). Now, we’re getting into injury updates. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Slowly Moving On

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I’m not ready to move on enough to talk about the Boston Bruins’ future. I’m not willing to say the window is shut because then there would be no point in watching. However, I think it’s important to look at how the B’s handled the loss because the players in that room know more than we do and more than they’re telling us. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: It’s Over

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It’s nearly 1 o’clock in the morning and the Bruins-Lightning game has been over for nearly two hours at this point. I’m trying to figure out what to say and how I feel. I can answer that, sort of: I feel confused and numb. I’m oddly comforted that I won’t have to watch this Bruins team, which doesn’t look like the team from the regualr season that was the first to 100. It’s hard to watch the team who was dominant for most of the season just flail about against a team that is playing much better than them. I refuse to define them as better since we all know the playoffs are ruled by hot teams and luck.  Also, I was hoping that the return of hockey would bring me some glimmer of joy, a break from the monotony of social distancing and self-isolation, a different thing to watch and be compelled by than any of the content on the 600 streaming services we have. It didn’t make me happy. Perhaps, if the team had played like they did earlier in the year, that may have made a difference. Who knows? Continue reading