The pregame ceremony was nearly perfect. The contest that followed didn't quite match that execution.
The Bruins put a stirring cap to the 2011 Stanley Cup championship when they raised the banner to the Garden rafters prior to Thursday night's season opener against Philadelphia. But the opening chapter to their new campaign didn't go quite as well, with the Bruins dropping a 2-1 decision to the Flyers in a lackluster performance.
"We didn't seem in sync," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We never seemed to go up the ice as a unit, and I think there were a lot of things in our game tonight that just weren't characteristic of our team. I think the guys realize it. I think we understand we've got to be a lot better than that next game. It's Game 1 of 82. As I often say, we'll learn from this, but we need to get better, and we understand that, and we will get better."
The Bruins actually started off fine. Feeding off the energy of the crowd after the emotional pregame ceremony, the...