What do you say? Best of nine?

Or is the taste so bitter that you've seen enough of the Boston Bruins until next autumn?

Just like that, 89 games of highs and lows, the Canadiens are done. No more no-tomorrows.

A 4-3 overtime loss to the Bruins has ended the real hockey season in Montreal, seven more NHL playoff series to be contested, but none with genuine meaning to the city.

"We gave our all. We can be proud of our effort and we can be proud of the way we played," goaltender Carey Price said in a subdued dressing room. "It's frustrating, but I guess we can hold our heads high.

"The name sudden-death overtime is pretty much all you've got to say. I thought we deserved better."

Perhaps they did, given the fight they gave a Bruins team that was favoured to dispose of the Canadiens inside the limit.

Beginning Thursday, the Habs will pack up at the Bell Centre and at their Brossard training complex while the Bruins move on to play the Philadelphia Flyers in an Eastern Conference semifinal.

Summer for the Canadiens began a few minutes after 10 p.m., 5:43 into overtime, when plugger Nathan Horton ripped the winner past Price, the puck changing direction on its way to the net.

Three of Boston's four victories this series came in overtime – a bounce here, a tip there… The perfect script for the Canadiens and Bruins was seven games. But few gave the Habs a shelf-life of more than six; others had them wrapped in bloody gauze and in the intensive care unit more quickly than that, beaten figuratively and literally.

"We didn't get the results we wanted," captain Brian Gionta said. "But you see the maturity of the team is going in the right direction."