BOSTON (CBS) – They did not get much notice, but hundreds of fans were outside the TD Garden to send off their Boston Bruins to Vancouver for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

“The fans have been absolutely great,” said coach Claude Julien. “Guys enjoy playing here, our fans have been so rambunctious and they’re great. They support us and when you get to this stage you really rely on your seventh player.”

“We’ve all been dreaming since we were kids for a chance for the cup, but we also feed off the hunger of the city,” said Andrew Ference. “We can feel it.”

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“It’s a great feeling. Anytime you have support like this it gives you added motivation to know this many people are supporting you,” said rookie defenseman Adam McQuaid.

Andrew Ference With Steve Burton

The Bruins boarded buses around 11 am, after signing autographs for fans and talking with the media. They will arrive in Vancouver early Thursday afternoon.

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When the Bruins returned home earlier in the week, they were down 0-2 in the series after two heartbreaking loses. Now they head back to the Great Northwest with the series tied, and could return home with a chance to clinch the cup.

“Right now we’ve got ourselves back in this race and we feel pretty good about our game right now. We sense it, we smell it, now we just have to go finish it,” said Julien.

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“I think we’d love nothing more than to give ourselves an opportunity to come home here and win the series,” said McQuaid. “I think if we carry over some of the things we’ve done here at home to Vancouver, we’ll give ourselves a good chance.”

Although they have won two straight in very convincing fashion, Shawn Thornton is not a believer in momentum.

“There’s not such thing as momentum in the playoffs,” he said. “Game 5 is Game 5. They will definitely have the home ice advantage with their crowd and they feed off it.”

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98.5 The Sports Hub is the only local station to listen to every game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Coverage begins an hour before each game with the Bruins Pregame show hosted by Dave Goucher & Bob Beers.

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