The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins woke up about a month later than planned and needed only to glance at the NHL standings to survey the wreckage resulting from their post-title hangover.
Since then, they have remedied that hangover and all of its secondary effects as hurriedly, swiftly and effectively as possible. Again, one need only consider their present position on the NHL leaderboard.
There is still a chance that cumulative exertion will ultimately bar the Bruins from returning to the Cup final or even the conference championship this spring. But for now, there is no reason to think that the long-annihilated hangover will somehow relapse and hinder Boston’s odds of finishing in the upper echelon of the playoff bracket.
On the contrary, there are 10 ice chips of evidence that normalcy is here to stay for the balance of the regular season.