By Bill Shields, WBZ-TVBy Bill Shields

BOSTON (CBS) — If the Boston Bruins and their fans are excited about the playoffs, perhaps no one is more thankful for the post-season run than the business owners around the TD Garden.

“It’s just so great for us to have hockey in June,” says Rita Pasquale of Half Time Pizza on Causeway street.

“We lost a lot of home games in the beginning, so the playoff run is helping to make up for it,” she says.

The NHL was late getting started, because of the lockout. It meant the Bruins had 17 fewer home games and that meant 17 nights of an empty TD Garden.

That’s money out of the pockets of businesses around the Garden.

“I just wish every one of the playoff games went the full 7, ” says Peter Colton of Fours Boston, “we lost a lot of income when the lockout was on, but this playoff run is helping, and setting us up for the summer.”

Now, if the Bruins win, we’ll all have a good summer.


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