Bruins Daily will be taking a trip down memory lane and highlighting the top-10 Boston Bruins games of the 2011-12 NHL hockey season.
Today, we take a look at No. 7: October 6, 2011 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins
It had been almost 40 years since the last banner was raised into the rafters at the Boston Garden and on this night, long-time Bruins fans could watch with joy as the 2011 Boston Bruins’ banner was hoisted up in front of the home crowd.
Even if you were watching on television you got the chills the minute you saw Lord Stanley enter the Garden in the possession of the black and gold. It was a moment Bruins fans past and present will never forget as Mark Recchi and Bobby Orr donned the sweaters one last time to raise the banner in front of the best hockey fans in the National Hockey League.
Emotions were running high as the Bruins took the ice for the first time in the 2012 season and Brad Marchand scored the first goal of the 2012 season on a beautiful feed from teammate Tyler Seguin. Claude Giroux answered back with a goal of his own toward the end of the first period to even the score.
The Bruins were playing strong heading into the first intermission until Jakub Voracek scored with three seconds remaining in the first period to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. That goal ended up being the difference in a disappointing opening night for the Bruins.
Tim Thomas stopped 27 of 29 and left off right where he did in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, but Illya Bryzgalov was a tad better stopping 22 of 23 Bruins shots.
No matter what the outcome in this game was, Bruins fans will never forget the moment of the team skating around the ice with the Stanley Cup for the first time in nearly 40 years. The banner being raised was more than any fan could ask for. Bruins hockey was back in Boston and it was taking the city by storm.
Flyers Goal Scorers: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek
Bruins Goal Scorers: Brad Marchand
Game Notes: The Flyers have won their season opener in three consecutive seasons, all on the road. The Bruins are 35-36-16 in season openers. They are 1-7-1 in their last nine. Benoit Pouliot was a healthy scratch for the Bruins.