I just remembered something else that made this result doubly painful. After we took the lead and were stringing together some decent passages of play, I was starting to believe a bit. Looking at results elsewhere in the East this week, we would have been right back in the thick of the playoff hunt if we had picked up three points. Save for the Revs, every side in the East either drew or lost. I didn't realized until just now how much that expectation saddled me with a double dose of despair when things fell apart.
Damn. And I thought my healthy suspicion of optimism was more finely developed than that. Ugh.