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Bruins return to Boston with the Stanley Cup

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  June 16, 2011 09:32 AM

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The Bruins returned from Vancouver this morning, and following a smooth landing at Logan airport, team captain Zdeno Chara carried the Stanley Cup onto Boston soil.

The players boarded buses and were taken to TD Garden, where many fans were waiting to give them a hero's welcome. Fans chanted, "Show us the Cup" as players got off the team buses. The crowd roared when Chara lifted the Cup and pumped it a few times in the air.

After a night of celebration and a cross-country flight, some players hopped into their cars and left the Garden immediately, presumably to see their families and get some sleep. Others players took a few minutes to hang out in the Garden's parking lot, waving to fans.

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, the hero between the pipes and Conn Smythe award winner, said it still hasn't hit him that he just won the Cup.

"We won the Stanley Cup last night," Thomas said, as if to convince himself. "But in a part of my mind, I still can't believe it.

"When you get here and see the fans and everything around here, It starts to sink in a little bit."

Thomas said he had no preference as to when the team's victory parade would be held, but he hoped the weather would be nice.

The celebratory parade will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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