Morning Free Association: Marchand Suspended Again!

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If you were watching Sunday’s game, early in the first period you would have seen Brad Marchand take down Vancouver’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the one of the many battles the two endured on the ice that night. When I first saw it, I thought he would get called for a slewfoot but when Jack and Brick said it was a good hit and no one called it, I went on with my life and thought about it no more. Well, the NHL Department of Player Safety had an issue because they suspended Brad Marchand for three games. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: That Was Something

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Did you watch last night’s game? It was the first preseason game on TNT and it showed. From a lack of studio show to start, to interruptions in the broadcast, one functional camera that had the top of the screen cut off and playing at the bottom, to Rick Tocchets microphone just plain not working for the first few minutes of the first intermission show, it was a bit of a rough watch. If you liked the broadcast team of Kenny Albert, Eddy Olczyk, and Keith Jones between the glass, this was the game for you. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Quiet Day

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Yesterday was a quiet day for the Boston Bruins after all the signings of Wednesday. It looks like the Bruins will likely not be signing any more free agents because they are right up against the cap with only $1,089,326 as a cushion. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Fines and Finalists

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Tonight, The Boston Bruins return to the TD Garden with their series against the New York Islanders tied at 2 apiece. On Saturday, the Bruins lost the lead and failed to score more than one goal against the Isles while Mathew Barzal woke up in the third and scored the game winner. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: More Overtime

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By the time of puck drop (7:40pm) yesterday, I was already not feeling it. I had been battling a combination of allergies, fatigue (see: allergies), and sadness because Sunday had been so awesome despite the thunderstorm raining out our porch dining with friends (!). Our best friends up from Long Island were gone. Even Boomer seemed to feel it because he and Auntie Wendy are BFF now. Just before game time, I also cooked a good cauliflower side dish and almost completely burned the pork chops on the grill. Yeah, Monday was not great. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Game On

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Unfortunately, the Boston Bruins dropped the first game of their first round series against the Washington Capitals. Jake DeBrusk got one by their starting goalie Vitek Vanacek, who left the game with an injury when he did the splits to react to the shot. Nick Ritchie would be the only Bruins player who would score on Vanacek’s replacement, Craig Anderson, who only appeared in five games this season. While the Bruins held the Capitals to a tie game in the third, they managed to lose it on the first Caps shot in the extra period. Continue reading