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The Boys are Back in Town

by Taylor Walker / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- After four games on the road, including a pair of regular season games versus the Phoenix Coyotes in Prague, Czech Republic, the Boston Bruins are back on Causeway Street tonight for their regular season debut at TD Garden.

The B's taking the ice with a three game winning streak and after legendary Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler sings the National Anthem is certainly cause for excitement.

"It’s always fun to come back home and play in front of your fans. I feel like we haven’t been here in forever, so I think all the guys are really excited to be at home," said Bruins blueliner Mark Stuart who will be suiting up to face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capital's explosive offense tonight.

So far, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas has had three phenomenal games on the road -- all victories -- but Stuart said that he and the rest of the defense corps are ready to stand in front of either goalie to face the Caps.

"I think everybody is pretty comfortable with both of those guys," said Stuart of Thomas and Tuukka Rask, who came off the ice first after warmups. "Timmy has been playing well, and I don’t know who’s in tonight, but either of those guys, you know, play pretty well behind us.

"I can speak for the defensemen, we’re all comfortable playing in front of both of them."

As far as their own game, Mark hopes that he and the rest of the B's can continue what they've started this season.

"Just the same. Keep it simple," he said of what he's expecting tonight. "[Just] play the same way I have, you know, [since] the beginning of the season.Just play physical. Play my role.

"I think that’s the most important thing we’ve been doing so far this season is everyone has just been kind of playing their role, and that shouldn’t change just because we’re at home."

But will the excitement of being at home and the intensity of the boisterous Boston fans make the guys lose their cool?

"The fans are excited for the season to start," said Stuart. "We need to play our game, and I think that should be entertainment enough.

"Anytime you try to put on a show or do a little too much, it just hurts your game, so we need to play the same way we have no the road the start of the season here."
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