Morning Free Association: Move it or Lose it

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The Boston Bruins find themsleves in a bit of a predicament. My favorite phrases for this are: “I’m up a tree” or “I’m in a pitcher of water here”. Both of those came a from a dear friend’s Gram and while I thought they were charming and funny then, I find them to be completely relatable now. Grandma Neal was prescient and kind. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Surprise Comeback

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One should never quite count the Bruins out, even when they’re down 2 goals and they look like they’d rather be working on their golf or tennis games. Or in the case of Charlie Coyle, his baseball game.

Charlie Coyle started out centering the third line but was moved up to the first line after the first because Anders Bjork was ineffective. Bruce likes to shake things up early. Continue reading

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: Ch-ch-ch-changes

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It looks like Bruce Cassidy has decided to change things up. This is a good idea.

Given that the team has scored a whole 2 goals in 2 games in the bubble, it’s time to try something new. Now that trade dealine acquisitions and former Ducks’ teammates Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie are back at practice and cleared to play, let’s see if they can do something to get the B’s on the scoreboard. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Hockey Is Tonight!

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Today is the day, the day that the Bruins return to gameday action 4 1/2 months after the NHL suspended the regular season. Of course, tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets is only an exhibition game and it means nothing in the scheme of the round robin play or qualifiers. However, it is a game and we should be happy. Stateside, the game will be on NESN and NHL Network for your viewing pleasure starting at 7pm. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Black Aces?

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Phase 3 of the NHL’s plan to reopen the season with postseason play will begin on July 10th when teams will start their training camps. At that time, teams are allowed to bring 30 skaters to camp and unlimited goaltenders. Yep, goaltenders are being treated like salad and breadsticks at Olive Garden. Continue reading