The Boston Bruins won’t take the ice again for a Stanley Cup playoff game while they await their next opponent from the ongoing Penguins/Islanders playoff series, but when they do it’s going to be with a lot more fans at TD Garden for the next round. The B’s announced that second round playoff tickets for the games at TD Garden are going on sale today, and that the Garden, in accordance with City and State guidelines, will be permitted to return to near full capacity this weekend beginning on May 29. In accordance with NHL guidelines, all guests at TD Garden will continue to be required to wear masks and follow the Play it Safe Protocols as they enter the building.
— Kelly Sullivan (@ksullivannews) May 24, 2021
TD Garden was at 25 percent capacity for the first round series against the Washington Capitals with roughly 4,500 fans allowed in the building for Games 3 & 4, which allowed for a very vocal home ice advantage that pushed the Bruins to a pair of victories. The energy and juice provided by the growing number of fans in the stands wasn’t lost on members of the B’s organization as things begin to turn back to normal in Boston, and all around the United States for that matter.
The exact number of fans allowed inside TD Garden wasn’t revealed by the Bruins in the release, but capacity for Boston Bruins games is just shy of 18,000 fans at full capacity.
“It’s loud, because we’re so used to silence,” said Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said when asked earlier this week about the crowd noise with the roughly 4,500 fans in attendance for the first round. “I can only imagine when it goes to full capacity again.
“[Double-overtime in Game 3] felt like it was a full building when it went in. I think people are making a lot of noise and the sound system is in sync with people being in the building. I thought it was great. Hopefully, it’s sooner rather than later that we can get everyone in the building safe and out of the building safe and get the numbers up. It’s a better atmosphere, home or road. It was good to hear it the other night.”
Cassidy also said that the Boston Bruins weren’t at the 80 percent vaccine rate for the organization that will allow for a loosening of the COVID Protocols with the team, but that may change with the B’s looking at a solid 4-5 days at the very least before the potential start of their next East Division playoff series.
*While it’s clear that things are getting competitive in the Penguins/Islanders series, it is just as clear that Barry Trotz loves him some Sidney Crosby. What hockey coach doesn’t appreciate Sid the Kid and the way he goes about things? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*Ivan Provorov has a bright future with the Philadelphia Flyers, but he also has some defensive work to do along with the rest of the Flyers after falling short of their playoff goal. (Philly Hockey Now)
*Speaking Penguins/Islanders, look at this absolute beauty with the playoff mullet getting it going for the Islanders home crowd. Who knew the Jets could actually be good at something?
Stanley Cup playoff action is fantastic https://t.co/llkOiGZGKF
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) May 22, 2021
*Blues GM Doug Armstrong wants the NHL to look at revamping parts of their Player Safety department in the offseason. We’ll see if that actually happens, but it always sounds like sour grapes coming from the league’s general managers. (The Athletic)
*It didn’t take long for the Boston Bruins to begin going to work on the Capitals for their Game 5 win with David Pastrnak scoring this dazzling highlight reel goal to get the offense going for the Black and Gold. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Taylor Hall may be tearing it up with the Boston Bruins now, but his tenure with the Sabres tops the list of the eight most disappointing things from the NHL’s 2021 regular season. (Bleacher Report)
*For something completely different: Good to see teenagers taking ownership of their own health even if they have anti-vaccine parents. (NBC News)