The Boston Bruins knew they weren't going to earn a point in all 48 games this season, though the fashion in which their streak ended was a bit discouraging.
That's quite the opposite feeling they had after each meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season.
Boston heads to Toronto looking to get back to its winning ways with a seventh consecutive victory in this series Saturday night.
The Bruins (5-1-1) fell one victory short of matching the best start in franchise history after squandering a 3-1 lead in Thursday's 7-4 loss to Buffalo. It was their first loss in 44 games when they held at least a two-goal advantage.
"We had a great start," forward Milan Lucic said. "You're bound to lose at some point."
It also marked the first time they've allowed at least seven goals in regulation since an 8-2 loss to Toronto on March 6, 2008.
"Defensively, I don't think I remember the last time we were this bad - the breakdowns and mistakes we made," coach Claude Julien said.