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Bruins give Boston Marathon victim hero's welcome

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09:19 AM ET 05.05 | In his first public appearance since the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, Jeff Bauman got a hero's welcome at the Garden tonight. Prior to the Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 2 Eastern Conference quarterfinals start, Bauman waved a Bruins flag from his wheelchair on the ice. The crowd gave him a deafening standing ovation. "I want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families," Bauman said in a statement. "I'm making great progress and I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Please continue to respect our space at this time. I want to thank the Bruins players and organization for the generosity and support for all those impacted. Like all those in Black and Gold I can't wait to see them on another quest for the cup Go Bruins!" The 27-year-old lost both his legs while standing at the finish line during Marathon Monday. A photographer captured an iconic photo of Bauman in a wheelchair being helped by Carlos Arredondo. When Bauman awake in the hospital he helped authorities identify suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

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May 5, 2013  09:22 AM ET

Best of luck Jeff....................






Go Bruins................






WE ARE BOSTON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 5, 2013  09:26 AM ET

Tremendously brave guy. Best to you and your family forever.

May 5, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Wow! Good luck Jeff. Everyone's behind you.


Go Bruins!!!

May 5, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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Tremendously brave guy. Best to you and your family forever.

I could not agree more Slappy. The inner of strength of some people is amazing.

May 5, 2013  09:36 AM ET

For my American friends who were probably watching the Wings crash and burn....:-(

May 5, 2013  09:43 AM ET

Congratulations on 2-0 Slappy. Who'd a thunk it 6 weeks ago?

May 5, 2013  09:47 AM ET

And congrats to James Reimer, the first To***to goalie to win a playoff game since Ed Belfour. :-)



And to the Bruins.......shame on you.

May 5, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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Congratulations on 2-0 Slappy. Who'd a thunk it 6 weeks ago?

Not me for sure. They've looked very good to date but I ain't doing anything but enjoying one shift at a time. Rangers have been playing well defensively too but Holtby is wee bit better than King Hendrik so far. Not good for my nerves though. :)

Good luck to the Wings too. It looks dim at the moment but you never know. I'm looking forward to a replay of '98. (With a different ending!!!)

May 5, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Not me for sure. They've looked very good to date but I ain't doing anything but enjoying one shift at a time. Rangers have been playing well defensively too but Holtby is wee bit better than King Hendrik so far. Not good for my nerves though. :)

Good luck to the Wings too. It looks dim at the moment but you never know. I'm looking forward to a replay of '98. (With a different ending!!!)

I'm perfectly happy with the '98 outcome. I think I still have my broom. :-)

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May 5, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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No congratulations to Conn Smythe winner apparent Phil Kessel for his GWG?

I think the reaction from the CBC boys was enough Danny. They pissed in pants they haven't even purchased yet. :-)

May 5, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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No congratulations to Conn Smythe winner apparent Phil Kessel for his GWG?

But I supposed I should post Kessel's winner.



:-)

May 5, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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But I supposed I should post Kessel's winner.:-)

You are a gracious commentator Canuck! And congratulations DL. I listened to the game on Sirius radio last night as I was driving back from DC.

May 5, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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You are a gracious commentator Canuck! And congratulations DL. I listened to the game on Sirius radio last night as I was driving back from DC.

That's about as magnanimous as I get Slappy. ;-)

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May 5, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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I'm perfectly happy with the '98 outcome. I think I still have my broom. :-)

Was that Garth in net? What does he think of his waiver swipe now?

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May 5, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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Was that Garth in net? What does he think of his waiver swipe now?

?????

I must have a shutout hangover Shipper as I'm not following you.

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