Morning Free Association: 37 of 37

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It’s official Autumn by nearly 24 hours now. At this point in the calendar year, we would be preparing for the upcoming hockey season beginning in the early days of October. Right now, training camps would still be open with the teams breaking out into groups to play a few exhibition games to both whittle down the roster and get the veterans some reps before the NHL faceoff. But, as we all know, while the calendar says September and we feel like it might be March 212th or Mid-June for all we know because the Stanley Cup Final is being played, we won’t be getting any Boston Bruins hockey any time soon. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Woo-hoo!

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The second round has started.

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I know it’s hard to believe. It actually started with the Dallas Stars playing the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Last night, it was the Bruins – Lightning in primetime and it didn’t disappoint. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Elimination Wednesday

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Yesterday was Elimination Wednesday. So many series were on the brink of completion: Columbus – Tampa Bay, Arizona – Colorado, Montreal – Philadelphia, and Carolina – Boston. All but one of those series wrapped up. Tampa Bay had to play yet another overtime to decide the game because Columbus wouldn’t just die. Arizona put up absolutely no fight, demonstrating that while they were good enough to beat the Preds, neither of them should probably have been anywhere near the playoff structure. 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: 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