Requiem on IceThe Bruins' 2013 season and its end deserve more comment than it got from me, but there's really never much to say about a tough loss except, "Sorry, gang." They happen, and it is one of the cruelties of sports that they happen most often to contenders, who play for high stakes and therefore have losses which are more emotionally distressing.
But since contenders are just that, their tough losses tend to even out. There wouldn't have been a Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals without Game Seven against the Maple Leafs. It took time, but the Tuck Rule neatly canceled out the roughing the passer call on Ray Hamilton. Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS, meet the 2004 ALCS. And so on.
Live by the miracle, die by the miracle. Or vice versa.