But that's how these things work and although the night was only slightly marred by the B's 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien took solace in the knowledge that the Stanley Cup victory tour was finally over.
"We’re basically all looking forward to it," said Julien of the regular season. "As you know, if you go to a party...after a while, you get tired of it, right? The bottles of champagne are empty, so it’s time to go home," said Julien. "I think that’s how we feel right now.
"We’ve had a great time with it this summer, we’ve had some great experiences, but right now, we basically would like to re-do this, and we know there’s a lot of work and a lot of things that have to come into play before that happens.
"We need to turn the page."
But starting a new chapter proved very difficult for even the famously stoic Bruins bench boss.
"Well, I was doing my best to keep my mind at doing my job and the game," said Julien of the night. "It was emotional, I think, to say the least. And when you see the highlights and when you see your players going around the ice with the Cup, I felt proud for them. Emotionally, it was tough for me – I kind of walked away for a while and came back.
"You know, it just goes to show you the emotions that go into those kinds of things. Even seeing Mark Recchi and [Shane] Hnidy that were here – you know, guys that really played big parts in different ways in helping us succeed – to see them with the group, and it was their last opportunity to be with the team, on the ice with them, those kind of things kind of hit home."
Unfortunately, only one of the B's 23 shots found their way past new Philadelphia netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.
"I think as much of a challenge as it was, I still thought we came out fine in the first 10 minutes," said Julien. "Then somehow kind of lost our jam and really got out of sync for at least the last half of that period, even the second period.
"We showed a bit more life in the third, but certainly not to the level we think our team is."
Thankfully for the Bruins (who will continue the season with three games in five nights) they'll have pleanty of chances to clean up the team-wide sloppiness.
"Like I said, our first pass tonight wasn’t very good. A lot of times, it was on the skate," he said. "The other part, too, is when you saw our power play, we created some chances, but we didn’t bury them.
"So we had opportunities to tie this game up and make a better ending than it was, but he [Ilya Bryzgalov] made some big saves at times, and we didn’t bury them when we had that opportunity. There’s a lot tonight that I think is not a result of one player, but more of a team.
"A lot of guys talked about, took them a while to find their legs. Some other guys just said it felt good at the beginning and then for whatever reason, it just got tougher and tougher. Some of those things are always hard to explain, but nonetheless, I think we recognize our deficiencies tonight, and we’re going to work hard to fix them for next game," he said.