BOSTON — The summer of discontent over the end of last season and anticipation of what the 2010-11 Bruins season will bring finally officially ended for Boston with a team of Bruins rookies beating a similar squad of New York Islanders, 5-2, at TD Garden.
Even more impressive than the amount of talent Boston put on the ice was the amount of people who showed up to see the game.
The announced attendance was 11,571. The team even had to open the upper bowl of the arena midway through the second period. Although most showed up to take in No. 2 overall draft pick Tyler Seguin’s first game in black and gold, Jordan Caron (three goals) and goaltender Adam Courchaine (31saves) stole the show.
Overall, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and Providence Bruins head coach Rob Murray were as impressed with the crowd as they were the players.
“I was very pleased [with the turnout],” said Chiarelli, whose rookie team will host a second game Thursday night. “And I think, like Rob said, we gave them a good show. What I was happy with tonight, and I think the crowd could see it, is the skill. We had an energy line, but on those three other lines there’s tremendous skill and a lot of plays. I was trying to remember with the rookie tournament last year and the year before we were in Shelton (Connecticut), I don’t think we saw in total the amount of plays we made tonight in the course of those games the last two years. So that was good to see.”
Fans get a second chance to see that skill Thursday night, with tickets still just $5 for general admission.