Like many of you, I grew up a Boston sports fan. We’ve been spoiled with championships and moments we won’t ever forget. These are moments that come up in conversation with friends, strangers at the bar, and just about anywhere you can find a fellow fan. Sit back, relax and let’s reflect on some of my favorite moments as a Bruins fan.
Burrows Bites Bergeron
Playoff hockey can bring out the best and worst of people. Some players get more aggressive, some drastically increase their production, and others get a little mouthy...literally.
In the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows decided that Patrice Bergeron’s finger was a snack. My brothers and I were watching the game in our basement, slamming on the table, yelling, "you can’t do that!" at the television.
2013 Game 7 Against Toronto
I watched this game from every inch of my living room. I remember pacing around in the "Keep Calm and Bergeron" t-shirt that I wore during every playoff game. There was this hopeless feeling as the game went on...how could the Bruins come back from being down 4-1? It seemed impossible...
...then we saw three goals in the third period and an OT winner from Bergeron to send the Bruins to the next round.
In April of 2013, the city of Boston was rocked with something no community should ever have to face. People channeled their pain and mourning into something greater: unity.
The Boston Bruins took on the Buffalo Sabres two days after the Marathon bombing. It was a great way to take your mind off of reality, even if it was just for a few short hours. Something very special happened at the Garden that day: in typical fashion, Rene Rancourt led the singing of the national anthem. It wasn’t long before the arena was filled with the voices of fans and Rene let them have their moment. I still get chills whenever I watch the videos.
Ryan Donato’s First NHL Goal
This one has to be the most personal one of them all. All eyes were on Ryan Donato when he was called up to the NHL. Donato being a local guy caused a lot of conversation and excitement.
I had the opportunity to be at the game where he would score his first NHL goal. I watched him during college and, of course, during the Olympics. For whatever reason, I decided to upgrade our seats very last minute. We went from the balcony to seven rows behind the net. This would be the net the Bruins shot on once.
It happened so fast that I think I blacked out. The young forward got the puck and he put in the back of the net. Just like that, the Garden went wild. It was like I was celebrating a goal of a friend. We were all pulling for Donato that night.