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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Fans: "Thank you, Kessel!"

By By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- The 17,565 fans in attendance for the Boston Bruins' game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at the Garden made sure Bruins rookie Tyler Seguin knew how they felt about him.

Immediately following Seguin’s second goal of the season, his first on home ice, fans began to chant: “Thank you, Kessel! Thank you, Kessel! Thank you, Kessel!”

Of course, one of the reasons Seguin is wearing a Bruins sweater is because Boston acquired Toronto’s first-round pick in the 2010 draft in exchange for Phil Kessel prior to the 2009-10 season. That selection resulted in the No. 2 overall pick, and the Bruins grabbed Seguin.

After Boston’s 2-0 victory over the Leafs, Bruins coach Claude Julien claims he didn’t hear the chant because he was focusing on the game.

“Somebody told me that was the chant, and that’s what our fans are all about,” Julien said. “They are great fans. They support the people who are here and taunt the people who were here and are gone. To me, those are perfect fans.”

Kessel, who spent three seasons in Boston, claims he wasn't bothered by it.

"I could care less to tell you the truth," he said. "It doesn't matter to me one bit."