Morning Free Association: Canadian Stuff

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The Stanley Cup Final began on Saturday night. Surprise! Dallas took Game 1!

The Stars never lost their lead from the time they scored in the first. Though they had to share a tied score for about 20 minutes, once they broke that logjam, they were able to prevent the Lightning from scoring. It wasn’t easy since the Bolts led in shots on goal with 36 to the Stars’ 20. In fact, Dallas only took 2 shots in the third, one of which was the empty netter. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Your Stanley Cup Final

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If at the beginning of the year you predicted that the Stanley Cup Final would be played between the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lightning, give yourself a pat on the back. If you also had “viral pandemic forces SCF to be played in mid-September” on your 2020 bingo card, you may want to play the lottery. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: ECF Still Going…

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While I was convinced that the Islanders have overplayed and overstayed their welcome in the Eastern Conference playoff structure, they found a way to win the game more than halfway through the second overtime. 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: 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