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(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - It's the 90th year of Bruins hockey, and all is well on the ice.
A back and forth game inside ended in a Bruins victory, and it was loud.
Expectations have never been higher for this team.
"It's like Christmas in October. It's the best, I've been excited all day," Bruins fan David Heard said.
Last seen leaving it all on this ice on, June 24, a Bruins team surrendered the Stanley Cup to the Chicago Blackhawks.
If this year's edition of the black and gold is to be as competitive, they'll need some newcomers to contribute.
Loui Eriksson and Reilly Smith will be counted on for speed and scoring, both acquired in the deal that sent fan favorite and former second overall pick Tyler Seguin to Dallas.
"I think getting rid of Tyler Seguin was the best. I know some people miss him but I don't. We got Loui Eriksson. I think he's going to be huge for us his year," said Bruins fan Brian Reale.
Thirty-six-year-old veteran Jarome Iginla joins the top line.
Nathan Horton is in Columbus.
And the blue line got younger, with the departure of Andrew Ference.
"Some new fresh blood. I think we're going to be fine," said Bruins fan Steve Cheney.
The fans and their fervor will look the same. The fan fest had a little bit of everything.
Posing with the Bruins ice girls, scoring goals on a junior Tuukka, and this washed-up rag arm trying to get the Lightning guy into the dunk tank.
This Bruins fan had to show how it was done.
There was even a Zaniboni.
"It really is my name, I can show you my license," Bruins fan Matt Zaniboni said.
And a very early playoff beard.
"You have to treat it real good, I condition it sometimes," said Bruins fan Chris Sacoco.
But for the diehards, this is worth the wait.
"Oh my God, are you kidding me? I love it!" said Bruins fan Paula Mattaliano. "It's like rebirth, regeneration, like winning megabucks."
The casual fan also might not know that the NHL has undergone realignment.
There are now two divisions in each conference instead of three, with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings coming east and the Winnipeg Jets going west.