Morning Free Association: Carb Free Bruins

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David Pastrnak was deemed unfit to play and was declared out for Game 2 of the Bruins series against the Hurricanes.

Unfortunately, we’re not sure if it’s test related or if it’s an injury. Conor Ryan suggests that if it’s an injury, this might be when it happened in yesterday’s game.

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Morning Free Association: How Many Overtimes Does it Take For the Bruins to Win

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After being delayed in playing their first game of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Boston Bruins required extra time to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes. Twenty-one minutes and 13 seconds of overtime to be exact.

With each game the Bruins have played within the bubble in Toronto their play has improved and the rust — a word that Bruce Cassidy declined to say was an accurate term — has gradually shaken off. It’s a good thing too, since the Hurricanes are a dangerous team. You wouldn’t know by just looking at the shot totals for the Canes through 4+ periods: 4-4-6-12-1 (28) to the Bruins 9-12-7-11-1 (40). However, looking at Tuukka Rask’s sub .900 save percentage (.893 in 80:52 TOI), one can understand how potent those shots were. Three goals on 28 shots, hell, more like 21 shots or so. Were it not for goal support, we may be talking about a loss. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Game Day Delayed

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If you tuned into NESN or NBCSNPDQ+ last night around 8pm expecting to see the start of the first game in the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins, you would have been surprised to find that no such game was on at that time. Instead, you would have seen the 3rd or 4th overtime in the first game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lightning. It went into 5 overtimes before the match would be resolved. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: On to The First Round

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They didn’t win a single game of the round-robin. However, in their last game against the Washingyon Capitals, the Boston Bruins seemed to have more energy, more compete than they had had in either of their last 2 games. So, there’s hope that when the B’s play their first official playoff game, they will kick themselves into that extra gear. They better find it quickly as they will be facing the Carolina Hurricanes starting on Tuesday night. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: The Same Team

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Intellectually, I know that this is still the same Bruins team that reached 100 points before the break and won the President’s Cup. I know this is the same team that downright dominated the league, had a couple of valleys of poor play, but bounced back seemingly stronger than ever. However, what I’ve seen on the ice in Toronto just looks like a different team who has lost each of their three contests. Continue reading