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The cheers were long and loud, as the ceremonial first puck dropped, the video tribute played, and the players skated to the blue line for the anthems. The man they were cheering, their former captain, raised his stick to the fans that had cheered him for 16 seasons and 525 goals. They didn’t stop.
So Jarome Iginla, No. 12 for the Flames and the Bruins, raised his stick again as he skated in a quick circle, and came to a stop next to his new teammates. His mother raised her camera in the Saddledome stands.
They didn’t have to worry. Reilly Smith did the honors, giving the Bruins the 2-1 win, their third straight.