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Bruins fans inspired by Orr, Sanderson, Chara before Game 5 of Cup Final

Boston legends, captain fired up crowd at TD Garden

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Bobby Orr waves Bruins banner

STL@BOS, Gm5: Bruins great Bobby Orr waves the banner

Cup Final, Gm5: Bruins legend Bobby Orr gets the crowd pumped up before Game 5 by waving the banner with Missie Kennedy and Derek Sanderson

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The Boston Bruins recreated history to try to gain the edge in the Stanley Cup Final.

Derek Sanderson passed the flag to Bobby Orr as the two Bruins legends served as Boston's banner captains before Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Sanderson set up Orr for one of the most famous goals in NHL history, where Orr took a pass from Sanderson, then flew through the air after beating Glenn Hall to clinch a sweep against the Blues in the 1970 Cup Final. On Thursday, the Bruins Hall of Fame former defenseman took the flag from Sanderson, who won two championships in his nine seasons with the Bruins, and waved it next to Special Olympian Missie Kennedy.

The crowd was inspired by the Sanderson-to-Orr flag pass, but it lost its collective mind after Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was introduced as a starting defenseman for Game 5. Chara, the Bruins longtime captain who left Game 4 after injuring his face by blocking a shot, returned to Boston's lineup complete with a face shield for Game 5.

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