With temperatures topping 90 degrees for most of the day, it was too sultry to worry about sticks and pucks, right? Wrong. There was no place Hub hockey fans would rather be Monday night than at TD Garden for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Win and play a decisive Game 7 in Chicago Wednesday, or lose and put that giant foam finger and black-and-gold Seguin jersey back in the closet.
Of course, heat waves can be good for business — if your business involves serving frosty beverages to thirsty Bruins fans waiting for Rene Rancourt to do his thing. And there was no shortage of them Monday. Never terribly civilized places before a B’s playoff game, the sports bars surrounding the Garden were teeming pre-game, packed with a crowd getting their drink on and worrying about whatever was ailing team MVP Patrice Bergeron.
The scene inside the Garden was only slightly more subdued but, thankfully, a whole lot cooler. (We confess we became a tiny bit concerned before the game, watching as several bottles of chilled champagne were delivered to suites full of fans clad in Blackhawks jerseys.) But Bruins fans were clearly feeling #BostonStrong, even the buttoned-up crowd sitting in the suite seats.
Among the VIPs rooting for the home team were director Bobby Farrelly , “Curb Your Enthusiasm” comic Larry David, and actor Denis Leary. Leary and Larry had dinner before the game with Patrick Lyons at Scampo, and Larry was, as always, cracking wise. “Cam [ Neely ] has done a fantastic job,” he told the table. “If the Bruins win the series, perhaps this time the goalie will see fit to meet the president.” (You’ll recall that Tim Thomas skipped the customary White House greeting with President Obama two years ago.)
Also on hand were PGA golfer Keegan Bradley, Pats players Julian Edelman and Logan Mankins, former Pats lineman Matt Light, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, New Edition singer Ronnie DeVoe, actor Jim Belushi (a Blackhawks fan and longtime summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard), professional wrestler John Cena, and David Fialkow of General Catalyst Partners.