Morning Free Association: Mixed Bag

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After what seemed like a few years in between games, the Boston Bruins played two games this weekend back-to-back. This lull in the schedule is the last we’ll see for a while.

On Saturday, the Bruins fully beat the stuffing out of the Flyers 5-2 in Philly, including 2 goals from offensive powerhouse Derek Forbort. Charlie McAvoy fought! These two teams hate each other. Linus Ullmark finally looked great.

Then back home on Sunday, the Flames had their way with the B’s, 4-0. Jeremy Swayman got little help from his seemingly befuddled teammates, especially in a sequence that saw him give up a SHG and shortly after, another goal when in each instance his team served up the puck to a Flames player in their own zone. At least old pal Dan Vladar had himself a game and a shutout.

The Bruins are back in action the day before and after Thanksgiving this week.

Morning Free Association: The Goalie Situation

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Last week saw the return of free agent goalie Tuukka Rask to the ice at Warrior Arena prior to Bruins practice. The 34 year old Finn is recovering from hip surgery to repair a torn labrum that occurred sometime in the 2019-20 season and currently is skating without the bulk of his equipment and isn’t taking shots in net. Rask is hoping for a mid-season return to the Boston Bruins and potentially a spot on the Finnish men’s national team for the Olympics. Continue reading

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: Poor Rags

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It’s almost unfair the New York Rangers have to continue playing hockey this season. One day removed from a front office upheaval and a melee of a hockey game which saw a 141 PIM assessed between the Rangers and the Capitals, the team from New York just didn’t have the drive or energy for a game against a “rested” Boston Bruins team. On top of that, the Rags had to play the team that was responsible for knocking them out of playoff contention. Sure, you could argue that the Rags kept themselves out of the playoffs but this is no place for philosophical ramblings; the Bruins are in and climbing and the Rangers are just trying to get to the end of the season, which for them takes place on Saturday afternoon.

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Morning Free Association: Stop Losing

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With only 9 games to go in the NHL regular season, Boston is in a tight spot. Dropping 2 in a row against the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins at this stage is not a luxury they can afford if they hope to stay in the playoff race. After winning their last 2 games, The New York Rangers are now within striking distance of the Bruins, just 4 points behind them in fifth place in the East. Of course, Boston still has 2 games in hand on the surging Rangers. Losing is a bad idea. Continue reading