Revenge was never an option for the Bruins in Monday’s showdown with the Panthers at TD Garden.
The Panthers ruined a dream season for the Bruins six months ago, and there was no changing that.
The Bruins admitted that it made the early-season showdown between the teams feel like something bigger than their ninth game of the season, sure, but no matter what happened in this contest, it wasn’t going to undo what happened back in April.
But that didn’t mean that it wasn’t a game that the Bruins could take something from as they continue to build their foundation for the 2023-24 campaign.
In an 0-2 hole through 20 minutes, and playing with five and then four defensemen when the club lost Matt Grzelcyk to injury and then Charlie McAvoy to a match penalty, the Bruins had to dig deep in this one.
And they did exactly that en route to their best win of the season to date by way of a 3-2 overtime win over the Panthers.
“It was a big character win, Bruins coach Jim Montgomery admitted following the victory. “We lose Grizzy halfway through the first, we’re down to five D and then you got the five-minute major you got to kill off and now you’re down on four D and, you know, just tremendous character by our four defenseman that gutted it out and also just our team coming back from two nothing against a real good team and being able to come away and find a way to win.”