How do the Bruins overcome last season’s heartbreak in this new season?

How do the Bruins overcome last season’s heartbreak in this new season?

Slow walks back are not encouraged in today’s 31-team NHL. Contrary to the St. Louis Blues’ unprecedented turnaround last season, a stunning reversal from midseason chumps to springtime champs, poor starts in October are generally punished by quick and disappointing endings.

Last seen shoveling their splintered souls into a Garden dustbin on June 12, the Bruins will open the 2019-20 season Thursday night in Dallas. With their roster barely changed from only 113 days earlier, they’ll be eyeing a return to the Stanley Cup Final, albeit minus the crushing Game 7 loss that had the Blues high-stepping the big silver trophy down Causeway Street.

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It was a bad, dispiriting ending for the Bruins, and now they start anew, well aware it’s time to forget June and pick up the beat in October.

With Tuukka Rask, goal will be a strength for the Bruins once again. —Winslow Townson/The Boston Globe
Patrice Bergeron (center) will anchor the top line with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. —John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe
Kevan Miller, who missed the playoffs, will still be sidelined at the start of the 2019-20 season. —John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe
The Bruins were able to hold on to Charlie McAvoy. —John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe

Published at Fri, 27 Sep 2019 21:40:51 +0000