It feels like yesterday that the Bruins fell in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, missing out on their second championship in three years.
Yet it also feels like an entire ice age has come and gone since that night last June when a 2-1 lead turned into a 3-2 loss in the span of 17 seconds within the final 1:16 of the game. This year’s playoffs couldn’t have come soon enough and tonight, they’re finally here. More
The Bruins returned from a nearly three-week Olympic break on Wednesday night, dropping your basic come-from-behind-fall-from-ahead-in-less-than-a-minute, 5-4 decision in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres. It was an ugly loss, marked by prolonged stretches of both razor sharp, aggressive play and general rustiness and lack of focus. The break came at a lousy time for the Bruins, who were 8-1-2 in their last 11 games prior to the Olympics and not surprisingly looked mighty inconsistent against the Sabres after 18 days off.
But don’t read too much into the loss. Instead, let’s take a look at the upcoming stretch run, which will include Thursday’s trade deadline and consist of 24 games beginning with tomorrow’s matinee at the TD Garden against the Washington Capitals and ending with the regular season finale on April 13, at New Jersey. More