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Boston Bruins Fans Rock Almost Full TD Garden

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The Boston sports scene has had some magical moments over the years and there’s no doubt that Game 1 of the second-round series between the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders at TD Garden will shoot to the top of the list.

On the day that Massachusetts reopened for the first time since March 2020, TD Garden was allowed to be filled to just short of full capacity, which would be 18,291 fans. It didn’t just feel like there was a full house though because from warmups until the final horn, the arena and the atmosphere outside it felt like the whole city of Boston were there cheering. The Boston Bruins fed off the amazing energy from the fans and beat the New York Islanders 5-2 behind a hat trick from Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak.

 

 

Bostonians have been waiting since March 7, 2020, to pack the Garden and the release of emotion, joy, and raw fan noise was palpable. No fake crowd noise was needed on this night and when Todd Angilly took the mic for the Star-Spangled banner, he had the biggest and loudest backup vocals a singer could ask for. Boston Bruins fans belted out the anthem almost as loud as when former anthem singer Rene Rancourt gave up the mic for them in the first game back after the Boston Marathon.

 

 

Then when Bruins winger David Pastrnak tied the game at one with 24 seconds left in the first period, the roof almost blew off!

 

 

Pastrnak would score again to make it 2-1 Bruins 11:08 into the second period but he wasn’t done. After the Islanders tied the game at two 12:34 into the second period and then Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy regained the lead for the Bruins 6:20 into the third period, Pastrnak did blow the roof off as he completed the first Boston Bruins hat trick of what is as close to post-COVID as we’ve been. His third goal of the game at 15:50 to make it 4-2 Boston Bruins sent the building into delirium and hundreds of hats came flying onto the ice for the first time this season.

 

 

When the final horn sounded and the Bruins were up 1-0 in the series, the fans belted out the traditional ‘Dirty Water’ and the city of Boston felt normal again!

 

 

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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