Marty Walsh will be the next mayor of Boston but Mike Napoli owns the city.
Napoli. who wore a t-shirt supporting Walsh before embarking on his epic Saturday #DrunkNapoli journey, showed up at the Bruins game on Tuesday night and received a rousing ovation from the TD Garden crowd when he was featured on the video-board.
And he remained fully-clothed throughout the game.
The game was a bummer for fans, as the Bruins lost 3-2 to the Dallas Stars in a shootout.
Napoli, on the other hand, is loving life, especially the past week or so.
"They've been pretty awesome. It's been a good time. I've enjoyed it," Napoli told NESN's Jamie Erdahl in his first public comments since being spotted roaming the city's streets shirtless. "It's cool how all the athletes in this city support each other. It's a strong city and they're passionate about their sports, and it carries to their athletes."
Napoli reiterated that he's planning to keep his beard. "I'm going to rock with it," he said.
But don't expect him to lace up the skates, since he's never played hockey.
"Me skating would look like Bambi on ice."
On the ice, it was the ex-Bruins who inflicted the most disappointment.
Et tu, Rich Peverley?
Peverly joined former Bruin Tyler Seguin in squashing the Bruins hopes of an overtime victory and two points by each scoring goals in the shootout.
Loui Eriksson, who has missed five games with a concussion and was the key addition in the deal that sent Peverley and Seguin to Dallas, fanned in his OT attempt, and was a push while on the ice. Seguin was a plus-1. Something that was a rare occurrence during the last spring's run to the Stanley Cup Final.
Let the "Seguin Trade Blues" begin. Perhaps the only way Loui Eriksson will silence any doubters after Tuesday's loss will be if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup and he drops $75,000 on a Duck Boat.
Reunion week continues at the Garden on Thursday when the Florida Panthers and Tim Thomas, who will travel with the team, come to Boston. It would be Thomas' first game in Boston since he departed from the Bruins after the 2011-12 season and a first-round loss in the playoffs.
Maybe Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz can drop each drop the ceremonial first puck if the Bruins decide to honor the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
Phil Kessel returns to TD Garden Saturday with the Toronto Maple Leafs. They were last seen in a catatonic state of shock after losing 5-4 to the Bruins in OT of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last spring.
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