Measuring stick game, IMO. A second loss in a row, even if they both WERE to top-flight competition, could really wreak havoc on the confidence of a team that has shown themselves prone to what might be described as a lack of "mental toughness" through the season. A bounce-back win, on the other hand, especially against the hated 'Nucks, would make the Boston loss look much more like what we hope it was - a tough loss to a tough opponent who was just better than the Kings were that night... instead of appearing as the beginning of the end of the hopes for this post-season.
Crap. I _hate_ being right like this. Lack of mental toughness for sure. *sigh*