How do the Bruins overcome last season’s heartbreak in this new season?

The Bruins will open the 2019-20 season Thursday night in Dallas.

Brad Marchand
Brad Marchand and the Bruins will try to avoid the disappointment they experienced in June. –Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe

Slow walks back are not encouraged in today’s 31-team NHL. Contrary to the St. Louis Blues’ unprecedented turnaround last season, a stunning reversal from midseason chumps to springtime champs, poor starts in October are generally punished by quick and disappointing endings.

Last seen shoveling their splintered souls into a Garden dustbin on June 12, the Bruins will open the 2019-20 season Thursday night in Dallas. With their roster barely changed from only 113 days earlier, they’ll be eyeing a return to the Stanley Cup Final, albeit minus the crushing Game 7 loss that had the Blues high-stepping the big silver trophy down Causeway Street.


It was a bad, dispiriting ending for the Bruins, and now they start anew, well aware it’s time to forget June and pick up the beat in October.

With Tuukka Rask, goal will be a strength for the Bruins once again. —Winslow Townson/The Boston Globe
Patrice Bergeron (center) will anchor the top line with Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. —John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe
Kevan Miller, who missed the playoffs, will still be sidelined at the start of the 2019-20 season. —John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe
The Bruins were able to hold on to Charlie McAvoy. —John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe