Just a little while ago it seemed almost guaranteed the Boston Bruins would win the Atlantic Division title.
Unfortunately the Bruins let the division title slip out of their hands and will now face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs.
The B's even had a bit of an advantage with Sunday's game against the Florida Panthers, another chance to win the division title and they let it slip through their hands once again.
"[The passion in our game] is what we were missing [Sunday], and then [problems with] execution crept in when we . . . started to want to get the game back [because] we did it more as individuals instead of a team," said head coach Bruce Cassidy. "Then, the third we started playing together, but then it's too late; we're chasing the game . . .
"We're not going to allow one game to define us, yet we understand the meaning. We let one get away, an opportunity lost to have home-ice advantage, and we'll see if that haunts us down the road. I think it's too early to tell that right now."
What Bruins team do you think will show up on Thursday?