After over a year without fans at the TD Garden, The Bruins will welcome fans back tonight against the New York Islanders.

While things won’t be the same for a long time, the Bruins will allow about 2,200 fans into the arena as their first step forward. Socially distant pods and masks will be the main guidelines for the return of spectators. The air filtration system inside the TD Garden will help to sanitize the arena, which will be at a 12% capacity of fans. 

This comes after Mass. Governor Charlie Baker moved into the next phase of reopening Massachusetts about a month ago, which involved sporting events allowing fans starting the 22nd. The Bruins are the first Boston team to experience fans in their home stadium since last year, not including the Red Sox who have had fans down in Fort Myers for Spring Training. 

“We are beyond excited to welcome back the best fans in hockey to TD Garden as their energy and enthusiasm have been greatly missed,” said Bruins president Cam Neely in a press release, shortly after the reopening news came about a month ago. 

Fans could really help propel the B’s, as they find themselves in a rough patch of games. After having their last two games postponed due to outbreaks of COVID-19, Boston returned to practice late Wednesday night.

They will face off with the Isles in their first game back. The Islanders have yet to drop a game against the Bruins this season. They’ll face off tonight at 7:00, in front of an audience in TD Garden for the first time in over a year. 

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