There was plenty of talk about “turning the page” and leaving regular-season troubles behind as the Bruins finally, mercifully put a cap on their 2013 NHL regular season. It wasn’t as good as they probably hoped it would be when the lockout finally lifted in January, but the ending to the Black and Golden story hasn’t been written quite yet.

The Bruins lost again, this time 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators, and dropped to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference while failing to overtake the Montreal Canadiens for the Northeast Division title. It was tied in the third period, but things finally broke down in the final four minutes with Kyle Turris snapping home the rebound of a Marc Methot shot for the game-winner.

That Turris goal wiped away any hopes the Bruins had of carrying feelings of positive momentum into the playoffs.

The Bruins limped to the finish line while losing seven of their last nine games. They only scored 18 goals over that nine=game span in a pretty clear cry for some kind of hockey help.

They haven’t beaten a playoff time since a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators all the way back on April 2, and they finished the season with a startling 1-5-1 record against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens.

Things could obviously be worse, of course. The Bruins are still the No. 4 seed in the East and will enjoy home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs starting Wednesday against the Maple Leafs. But the months of March and April were rough on the Bruins players with 31 games in 59 days, and they’re happy to hit the reset button and get a few days rest before the Stanley Cup tourney gets moving.