The patina of perception is funny and fickle.
If the Bruins hadn’t mounted a miraculous comeback in Game 7 of their first-round series against the Maple Leafs, we would be having an entirely different conversation about the same collection of players.
We would be lamenting how they were dispatched in the first round on home ice for the second straight year. Last year, Boston lost a seven-game series to the Capitals that featured seven one-goal games, four of which went to overtime.
Instead, we’re talking about the possibility of the team winning two Stanley Cups in three seasons and tossing the teams with the two best regular-season records (Chicago and Pittsburgh) in the dust bin to do it.
One-timers may be what the Bruins shoot, but it’s not what they are.