Wednesday night was kind of like that. Conducting their first contest in 18 nights after an Olympic break (or non-break for some), the Bruins visited a Sabres team that had resumed its schedule the evening prior.
The notion that one team was back in rhythm a little more than the other was visible. Buffalo defied a 40-point differential and opportunistically snagged a 5-4 overtime victory from the Atlantic Division aristocrats. (Official NHL.com play-by-play transcript here.)
As is often the case, the resultant single-point gain is symbolic of a mixed report card for Boston coming out of the first night of the rest of their 2013-14 season. Some plus-points jutted out, but there is also no shortage of aspects worth grooming over the next two practice days before Saturday’s matinee tilt with Washington.
Here is a quick assessment of the Bruins’ offense, defense and goaltending as they each looked coming out of the cooler.