Wednesday should have been the winner-take-all exclamation point to the 2013 hockey season. The Bruins were just over a minute from securing a Game 7 at the United Center in Chicago.
Instead, the Bruins bosses will be conducting exit interviews at TD Garden. They will start to recover from Monday night’s below-the-belt 3-2 loss and reload for 2013-14. They still might catch a whiff of lingering cigar smoke from the visiting dressing room just down the hall.