BOSTON — It didn’t take long for new Boston Bruins defenseman Steve Montador to realize that he wasn’t in SoCal anymore.
No offense to the fans of the Anaheim Ducks, but they just don’t do hockey like the backers of the Bruins do at TD Banknorth Garden.
“It’s wonderful,” Montador said after he made his Bruins debut in a 2-1 loss to Phoenix last night. “Kids, gramps, grandmas, everyone in between, it’s pretty solid. It’s just right from the Black and Gold on our sweaters, to the seats, to the guy that was painted. A few people painted, it’s awesome. There’s great fans in Anaheim, but it’s obviously just a much different atmosphere here. It goes deeper and I like that.”
The atmosphere was a pleasure to the veteran backliner, who was acquired Tuesday via trade, but the scoreboard numbers after 60 minutes left him with a bitter taste in his mouth. Like the rest of his new teammates, Montador hopes the recent tailspin the team has been in comes to an end with this defeat. Better results will lead to an even better atmosphere and less negative reactions.
“Hey, they’ve come to expect some good hockey,” said Montador of the 16,818 rooters-turned-booers. “The problem with playing really well all the time and for the most part of the year is that people expect that all the time. So we know that. We know why they’re doing that. We certainly need to get our butts in check to.”