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Fans Come Out in Support as Bruins Set Off to Vancouver

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- “We want the Cup!” chants could be heard up and down Causeway Street Thursday morning as Boston Bruins fans gathered in front of two buses at the TD Garden.

Wednesday night, the Bruins tied the Stanley Cup Final Series 2-2, winning big in Games 3 and 4 in Boston. Now they return to Vancouver, looking to clinch Game 5.

The players arrived separately to meet the buses around 11 a.m., and were met with hundreds of enthusiastic fans who cheered their names as each member of the Bruins appeared in the Garden's front lot.

The chant that drew the most participation was when goaltender Tim Thomas came into view. The fans immediately united in a “Thomas! Thomas!” call that lasted strong for minutes. 

Charlene, 43, from East Boston says she has watched almost every game but admitted that “Little League baseball is getting in my way.” 

She hopes that by coming to the send-off at the TD Garden today, she is doing her part to support the Bruins. And she’s keeping the faith, sure of a Boston Cup victory.

“Absolutely,” Charlene said, “Game 6 in Boston because we’ve got the momentum going.”

With speakers spread around the parking lot, fans danced to the music and played a carnival-like slap shot game. Blades, the B’s mascot, made the rounds, high-fiving fans and waving the Bruins flag.

Eight-year-old Ethan, a Milan Lucic fan, traveled from Harvard, Mass., with his mother and sister to see the players and waved a homemade sign with the spoked-B.

Ethan and his family wanted to send them off to Vancouver to win the Cup.

“My mom told me that the Bruins were coming,” Ethan said.

He wasn’t alone in his excitement.

“I bleed black and gold,” shouted Talia, a 33-year-old Manomet native. 

Now a resident of Tucson, Arizona, Talia was joined by her father and her husband, who she converted to a Bruins fan, even though he is not from the area, and convinced him to come North for the sake of the B’s.

“This is the place that you need to be if you’re a sports fan,” she explained.

At Wednesday night’s winning effort by the Bruins, Talia and her husband cheered on the Bruins. 

“We had amazing seats on center ice. It was incredible,” Talia said. “We had the best time of our lives.”

The TD Garden lot teemed with Bruin Fever as Bruins fans rallied around the team to show support and praise their performances in Boston this week and the Fans' send-off came to an end with energized Bruins faithful on the move back to work and school, awaiting an 8 p.m. (5 p.m. local) puck-drop in Vancouver.

---Rosemary Moran
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