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Bruins are jolted back to reality

Opening night loss to Flyers a letdown -- and a signal that the party's over

Updated: October 7, 2011, 8:14 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- And so it begins.

The Boston Bruins finally opened their Stanley Cup title defense and 2011-2012 season Thursday night at TD Garden. It was an emotional night that began with the banner-raising ceremony and ended with a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The atmosphere around the city and inside the arena was electric. When the doors opened at 5:30 p.m. fans quickly filed in and found their seats. When the Bruins took the ice for the pregame warmup, the fans gave their ...

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