Losing stings, but getting rid of a nasty playoff beard certainly can help wipe the slate clean.
After falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 and losing the Stanley Cup Final Tuesday night, the Boston Bruins have had plenty of time for introspection and to find closure for their remarkable season.
The final step of closure means moving on, and for Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, that meant ridding himself of the lustrous playoff beard he had cultivated over the course of the postseason.
The moment could’ve been a dirge, and no one would’ve blamed him if he had done it in private—staring at the mirror and cutting the fur from his face in detached, dead-eyed silence.
Fortunately for the Internet, Ference did it with style—and with a camera on hand.
As Ference notes in his post, it is indeed, “Time to get ready for next year.”
Ference is obviously not happy to have lost, but laughter cures just about anything that doesn’t get into your central nervous system. By sneezing away the beard, Ference is saying “Alright, it’s OK to smile again.”
But before we move on entirely, lets look at some great moments Bruins fans have enjoyed this postseason, starting with Patrice Bergeron’s game-tying goal against the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal.
Followed quickly, of course, by Bergeron’s Maple Leaf miracle.
Never forget the revelry that went down and the near destruction of the CSNNE studio.
With that last look back, it’s now time to go the way of Ference and put the loss behind us.
Next season will be here before you know it.*
*Gary Bettman notwithstanding