Are the Buffalo Sabres and the Northeast Division really going to be a different animal than in recent years?
All signs from Thursday night indicate as much, as the Boston Bruins commenced their divisional slate with their first regulation loss of 2012-13. They failed to get away with a couple of missteps that had not hindered them in their first half-dozen games.
Unlike Monday night’s dramatic 5-3 triumph in Carolina, they could not permanently repossess the upper hand after spilling a 3-1 advantage. Unlike on three other occasions, they could not salvage a point, never mind two, after surrendering the first goal, falling to 2-1-1 in that scenario.
From changes in the line chart to a change in the “L” column that was bound to happen at some point, here are the top lessons for Claude Julien’s pupils as they sweep up the shards of a 7-4 falter.