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Slow starts finally catch up to Bruins in disappointing loss to Blue Jackets

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You could certainly spin the positives if you’d like.

Trailing by four goals with 12 minutes remaining in the second period, the Bruins flipped what seemed like an overdue drubbing on its head in short order — lighting the lamp three times over the span of 5:30 to make it a one-goal game going into the final stanza.

Had it not been for an iffy hooking call against Danton Heinen midway through the third, perhaps another miraculous comeback would still be in the cards for the B’s, who were looking to avoid their first back-to-back losses in regulation since late December.

But postgame, Bruce Cassidy and his players weren’t focusing most of their thoughts on “what-if” situations, or the silver linings that could be taken away from a 7-4 defeat at the hands of a Columbus club that was shut out in three of its previous six games.

“We had a nice run where we were in every game,” Cassidy said. “Even the Pittsburgh game the other night, tough first period, but I thought we played well. Sooner or later, you’re going to have a game where the other team is just better than you, for a variety of different reasons.”

While Boston carried a 19-game point streak — the second longest in franchise history — from Jan. 19 all the way through the end of last weekend, the club hasn’t necessarily made things easy on themselves.

In each of Boston’s last three wins, it has had to claw its way out of some early trouble en route to two points — with wins over the Panthers and Hurricanes achieved in dramatic fashion after overcoming two-goal deficits in both meetings.

It makes for some impressive B-roll on the highlight tape at the end of the year — and all the credit to this B’s team for its never-say-die attitude — but its recent string of dramatic wins have largely been a byproduct of some lackluster starts that have buried the B’s out the gate.