Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara
sat in his locker postgame and talked at length about the contribution made by the fans in the TD Garden to the B's 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
|Boston Bruins Nathan Horton (18) is congratulated by teammates Zdeno Chara and David Krejci, right, after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. The Bruins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) |
"It just shows that we have such passionate fans and...such good supporters [and] that we really appreciate that," said Chara. "Thanks to the fans. Thanks for coming. It was an awesome opening night and I am sure they enjoyed the hockey game."
There's no doubt the the raucous crowd enjoyed the evening. From Steven Tyler's rendition of the National Anthem until Chara's goal in the waning moments, the Garden was rocking.
"They were loud and they were cheering us on," said Chara. "You know we could tell that they created a lot of great moments for us.
"For sure, we want to give it to them back, you know. The best way to give them something back is winning the game."
The B's won their fourth straight game tonight and now have eight points in their first five contests this season. This has been the club's best start to a season since they opened the 1990-91 season at 4-0-1 through their first five games.
Chara said the confidence is reminiscent of the clubs performance two seasons ago when the Black & Gold won the Eastern Conference regular season crown.
"That’s what we’re going to bring back from...the performances two years ago, and it’s just the beginning," said Chara. "But we have work to do.
"We can’t get satisfied. We have to be hungry and look ahead of us, not looking at the standings or...the record."
And Dr. Chara has the prescription for continued success.
"We have to just...play to win and work extremely hard and eventually it is going to all settle," said Chara. "But right now it’s [just one] game.
It’s so early the season that by game four or five you can’t be thinking ‘oh we have it now.’
"We have to earn it for a number of games throughout the whole year."
For now, however, the B's can enjoy -- if only for a day -- two wins over the mettle of the East.
"We really took it as a challenge," said Chara. "We were really focusing on the first game in Washington and that’s what we did. We got the first win out of those two games.
"And, obviously...playing them [in the home opener] you don’t want to disappoint everybody. You want to...put up a good performance and that’s what we did.
"We stayed patient, we got goals, and then you saw the results."