The Boston Bruins swung and missed on the virtually futile task of repeating as Stanley Cup champions in 2012. A Game 7 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals cut off their title defense after only one round in the playoffs.
In turn, New England puckheads will inevitably remember this calendar year in a less picturesque light than they will 2011.
More tellingly, though, there is one front-office figure and one key on-ice contributor who, with their respective storylines, can personify the team’s rise to the summit and subsequent descent to a more earthly level.
That being said, the Bruins have not exactly reverted to 2006, either. They repeated as the regular-season champions in the Northeast Division and saw one of their longest-tenured players nab a hunk of hardware after the season.