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Hall of Fame defenseman Bourque waves Bruins banner before Game 1

Legendary player, 19-time all-star, joined by Special Olympian in firing up crowd @NHLdotcom

Bourque excites crowd for Game 1

CAR@BOS, Gm1: Ray Bourque waves the flag

ECF, Gm1: Legendary Bruins defenseman and Hockey Hall of Fame member Ray Bourque fires up the crowd and waves the flag at TD Garden

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The Boston Bruins aren't playing around anymore. For Game 1 of the the Eastern Conference Final, they invited out a living legend.

Hall of Fame defenseman and Bruins icon Ray Bourque, who played 21 seasons in Boston, waved the team flag before the start of the series against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Bourque was joined by Special Olympian Melissa Reilly as the banner captains for the game.

Tweet from @RayBourque77: It was an honor to wave the flag with Melissa Reilly tonight! Good luck @NHLBruins

The TD Garden crowd went wild for the 19-time NHL All Star and five-time Norris Trophy winner.

Bourque wore his familiar No. 77 complete with captain's C in the team's home black jersey.

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