Morning Free Association: Defending Decisions

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Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy spoke with the media yesterday as a sort of exit interview. He talked about the Islanders series and a specific decision he made for Game 6. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: A Few Days of Rest

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With the Boston Bruins eliminating the Washington Capitals in 5 games, the B’s have a cleared schedule for now. They await the winner of the best of 7 series between the New York Islanders and the Pittsburgh Penguins, which will require at least 1 more game to wrap up and possibly 2. Seeing that the NHL likes to play by the seat of their pants with regards to scheduling, the Bruins could be playing in a matter of days or even a week from now. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: In Between Day

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After Monday night’s victory, the Boston Bruins travelled back home to rest and recover before Game 3. Does it seem like this series is flying right by?

Bruce Cassidy gave updates about some defensemen. Kevan Miller received a nasty gash during the first period that required some suturing. He is good to go for Game 3. Jeremy Lauzon, who blocked a shot with his hand on Saturday night, will be out for Game 3 and is considered day-to-day. Connor Clifton, who did all sorts of good things all over the ice, will continue to take his place. This is what alternate captain, Brad Marchand had to say about Clifton’s impact on the ice. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: New Energy

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David Krejci, Connor Clifton, and Jeremy Lauzon all share the same birthday, which is today. I hope that they’re able to celebrate the hell out of it after the game they had last night.

For much of the first two periods, the Bruins had the typical problems that were on display on Sunday: trouble getting through the neutral zone and trouble keeping the Penguins out of their zone. Penalties could have done the team in, had the penalty kill not been as excellent as it has been. Plus, Tuukka was on. However, the Bruins asserted their might ultimately knocking the Penguins around, with 50 hits to the Pens’ 25. It may have been that the B’s just wore them down just enough to start becoming effective. Within the last two minutes of the second, that’s when the Bruins began their push to win the game. David Krejci did a lot of work with backup from Charlie McAvoy to draw first blood. Tuukka also got his second assist on the season on that goal. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Capitalizing

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In just his second start, Jeremy Swayman proved that he deserves this chance with the big club and he belongs in the NHL. Yeah, I know it’s a very small sample size. However, after turning away 71 of 75 shots (31-33, .939 SV% last night), he shows a lot of poise and still has a smile on his face even after facing some of the best players in the NHL. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Ailing Blue Line

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Question: How many more injuries on the defense can the Bruins sustain? Answer: None, none more injuries. The good news is that the Bruins will start getting guys back soon. The bad news is that one of the injured will be out for a few weeks. Continue reading