Beginning tomorrow night, the Bruins will begin a best-of-seven series against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center in Chicago. On June 17, they’ll head home to Boston’s TD Garden for a Game 3 face-off. Game 4 will be in Boston, and, if the series isn’t over by June 24, the series returns to Boston again—hopefully to be put to bed by the Bruins.
You’ve seen us post these game dates before, and if you follow our blog, you know that we’re excited for this series. Of course, we hope you’ll stay with us at the Beacon Inn to see the Bruins win the Cup (knock on wood), but even if you just plan to spend part of game night in downtown Boston, we’ve got a few tips to stay safe and share in the excitement.
Tip #1 or How to Avoid Hip-Checks: Should the Bruins win, the area around TD Garden will be nuts. The police will set up barricades and circle the jubilant crowds on horseback to contain the outpouring of enthusiasm (some of it quite drunk). If you’re not 6’7” and with a posse—and even then, you should be careful—this is not a place we recommend for celebration. Try the Kinsale or Red Hat, a short walk through Government Center and closer to the quiet residential neighborhood of Beacon Hill.
Tip #2 or We Don’t Throw Octopus: In New Jersey, fans celebrate hockey wins by throwing dead octopuses on the ice. As the bedrock of American civilization, we don’t do that here. But we do enjoy eating salty seafood with a side of salty attitude, and late-spring hockey presents an excellent opportunity to enjoy both. Head over to The Salty Dog in Faneuil Hall for lobstah, steamahs, and othah fried fishes while you watch the game at their outdoor bar. Before it ends, see Tip #1.
Tip #3 or Have a Good Time: No matter what happens, win or lose, remember: Boston is known for being a hard city. If the Bruins lose, don’t cry. Relish the memories of the time you spent cheering alongside an entire city (and plan a trip to the Beacon Inn for this time next year). This city is the closest America gets to the royal stiff upper lip, so if you must indulge disappointment, limit yourself to complaining. On the bright side, complaining is a tradition this city can be proud of. Just ask the British.