David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Bruce Cassidy reflect on the monumental moment of playing in front of a full TD Garden for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic.
DAVID PASTRNAK: You could feel the energy already this morning. We were all excited. It felt like-- on the warm-up, it felt like 22 players playing their first NHL game. You know, everybody looking around and so many people. It's definitely a different game with the fans, and obviously a lot of fun today. 100%. You know, how I said, it's-- it's a different sport with them in the building.
Definitely kind of warms your heart and kind of reminds you why you play the sport. You know, it's-- it was awesome to have them back. And how I said, just coming on the warm-ups, it was so much fun. And, you know, they've been our seventh player the whole night, so really good job by them. And I enjoyed it a lot.
PATRICE BERGERON: Yeah, it seemed like it meant a lot to all of us. It seemed like for the fans, it was also-- it was special. It was a year of, you know, lots of ups and downs, more downs than not, and craziness and heartache. So I thought you could tell that everyone was trying to enjoy themselves and have a good night.
BRUCE CASSIDY: I wasn't trying-- I was trying to enjoy the moment, looking around at the crowd. It's been a long time since we had a full house here at the Garden, and they were behind us from warm-up on. Obviously, we want to play well for the group and for the-- each other, but also for the fans that have continued to support us and came out tonight, especially. So I think it was just a good moment to look around and see a lot of joy.