Thomas leads Bruins onto the ice
BOSTON -- At 12:53 p.m. Tim Thomas led the Bruins from the Red Sox dugout to the ice to the sounds of the largest (in terms of manpower) cheer the Bruins have ever heard. The Flyers got pretty much the total opposite reaction from the crowd as they went to the rink.
Nineteen Bruins skaters took the ice, minus Milan Lucic. His attempt to return from a high ankle sprain in time for this game has obviously come up short.
Here are the lines and D pairs the Bruins skated in the warm-up:
• As the players leave the ice surface, they're stopping just before they hit the rubber path to the dressing room and allowing the equipment managers to place their skate guards on to protect the blades before the long journey to the room.
• The referees, linesmen and two head coaches just staged an "exchange of lineup cards" baseball-style. Bruins coach Claude Julien, who usually lets his head shine in the TD Garden light and didn't wear anything on his head when coaching the Heritage Classic in 2003 (the temperatures were below zero), has opted for an old-school fedora to cover his dome. Maybe next he'll send Eddie Shore and Lionel Hitchman onto the ice to matchup with the Mike Richards line.
• Mayor of Boston Thomas M. Menino and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs are strolling the perimeter of the field with some other members of the team's brass following. Commissioner Gary Bettman is also in the group, although you'd never know it considering he's the only NHL employee not wearing any sort of Winter Classic gear.