BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins left for Vancouver Monday afternoon after a morning skate at the TD Garden.

Thousands of fans came out dressed in black and gold to see them off as they left in buses for Hanscom Air Field in Bedford.


WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

“I appreciate it.  It’s hot and muggy and I’m sure they’re feeling it too.  Hopefully, we’ll be coming back with a couple of victories under our belt,” goalie Tim Thomas told WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong.

Tim Thomas talks to WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong

“It’s been a long time coming for the fans here.  It’s great to see the turnout,” Bruins president Cam Neely told WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche.

“The support’s been great the last few years.  I know there’s a deep history with this fan base in hockey in this region and New England in general.  It’s been a treat.  These guys have deserved it for a long, long time, so, you know, we’ve got four more to go here.”

Cam Neely talks to WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche

“It’s pretty nice.  They’re a huge support for us.  It’s always nice to have such great fans here in Boston,”  right winger Nathan Horton told Roche.

Nathan Horton talks to Roche

“It’s a nice way to leave Boston,” Bruins left winger and Vancouver native Milan Lucic told Roche.

Milan Lucic talks to Roche

Game One of the Stanley Cups Finals is Wednesday night.

The Stanley Cup Finals don’t come to Boston until next Monday, June 6.

Tickets for Games 3, 4 and 6 at the Garden will go on sale Tuesday starting at 11 a.m.

You can buy them at the Garden box office or at

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong talked with fans who saw the team off.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith talked with fans.


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