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Stan Jonathan fires up the Garden before Game 4

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  May 6, 2011 07:56 PM

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It was a packed house at TD Garden long before the puck dropped for Game 4, but former Bruins tough guy Stan Jonathan made sure the place was loud and loaded for bear before the black and gold took the ice.

Widely considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in Bruins history, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Jonathan is remembered for one brawl more than any other: A beating administered to the Canadiens' Pierre Bouchard on May 21, 1978. Despite Bouchard's size advantage -- he was 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds -- Jonathan withstood an early flurry of punches, then dropped Bouchard with a rapid-fire sequence of lefts that left the Canadien with a broken nose and cheekbone. It probably goes without saying that Jonathan, who spend nearly six full seasons in Boston, was a tremendously popular player.

In the video above, Jonathan is introduced to the fans as the honorary captain for tonight's game and the pregame atmosphere immediately turned electric with Audioslave's Cochise blaring off the bricks.

We close the video out with Rene Rancourt belting out the national anthem before the action got underway.

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