CHICAGO — The result was dismissed as somewhat irrelevant. After a game in which the Bruins proved what they can be – what they should be – they couldn’t finish it in the shootout.
But it was what happened in the first 65 minutes at the United Center on Sunday, when the Bruins played toe to toe with one of the best teams in the stacked Western Conference, that mattered in their eyes.
“I thought it was a real good test as far as our team is concerned with the way we’ve played lately,” coach Claude Julien said. “We’ve gotten better. Tonight was another step in the right direction, so we’ve just got to continue playing that way. Real happy with the effort.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.