The Boston Bruins went on the longest playoff run they possibly could have in 2019. But in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, they fell to the St. Louis Blues by a final score of 4-1. And that loss stung for a Bruins team that was widely expected to win the cup after a series of first-round upsets.
Now 10 weeks removed from the Stanley Cup loss, the Bruins faithful are still reeling from the defeat. That includes head coach Bruce Cassidy who confirmed that he isn't over losing the final.
"Nope, not really," Cassidy recently said, per Matt Porter of The Boston Globe. "Today I am. Tomorrow, depends if someone asks me a question that just happens to hit a nerve."
Cassidy would also go on to say that he might have a bit of difficulty seeing the Blues logo and having to watch them play, per Porter.
"There might be a time on the road next year and we're sitting there and I'm watching St. Louis play, because they're playing Montreal and we play Montreal the next night, and I'll be like, [expletive], you know? That's the time you might start going backward."
Still, Cassidy is focusing his energy on preparing the Bruins for their season opener on Oct. 3 against the Dallas Stars. The Bruins are returning much of the same core that helped them win the Eastern Conference (minus Marcus Johansson and Noel Acciari) so they are expected to be contenders in the East again.
Of course, they still have to figure out a way to agree to deals with restricted free agents Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo while staying under the salary cap, but once they do that, they should be in good position to make another run.
And safe to say, Cassidy and the Bruins will be looking to prove themselves after a disappointing finish last season.
Is Bruce Cassidy over the Stanley Cup loss? 'Nope, not really' originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston