Morning Free Association: Tavares

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Last night was the beginning of the long awaited playoff rematch of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. The last time these two teams faced off in a playoff game was 42 years ago in 1979. The game was a very close one with the Habs eking out a win 2-1. The game winner was a fabulous short handed effort by Paul Byron.
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Morning Free Association: Positive Results, in a Bad Way

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In Phase 2 of the NHL’s staggered re-opening, teams are allowed to have limited amounts of players practice in groups no larger than 6 participants at a time. Participation is voluntary but players must submit to testing for COVID-19, including temperature checks and more invasive methods. Well, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, players are testing positive. Continue reading

Morning Free Association: Oh No! It’s the EBUG

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As you have heard by now, last Saturday night the Carolina Hurricanes required an emergency backup goalie (EBUG) to enter the game as their net minder because both Petr Mrazek and James Reimer went down with injuries. Toronto Marlies Zamboni driver and Friday practice goalie, David Ayres, entered the game a little more than halfway through the second period and led the Canes to victory by by saving 8 of 10 shots on goal. Sure, the Canes were leading 4-1 when he filled in but Toronto quickly scored 2 goals making it 4-3 by the end of the period. Continue reading