Stanley Cup Today: A party, then, at last, the puck will drop

 bostonglobe.com  05/27/2019 11:34:52   Scott Thurston

After 11 days between games, the Bruins will finally get back to work Monday night when they host the Blues in Game 1 of the Cup finals at TD Garden. As we did with the Patriots during Super Bowl week in Atlanta, we will give readers each morning an inside, behind-the scenes look at the daily plan for the Globe sports team, and the sports page of the Globe’s website will continue to be your go-to destination for end-to-end coverage of the Bruins and the Stanley Cup.

To kick things off for fans on this Memorial Day, the NHL and the city of Boston will host a free outdoor concert and viewing party a City Hall Plaza, featuring rap artist Lil Nas X and country music star Chase Rice. The event is free, no ticket required, and will open at 4:30 p.m., with the musical acts beginning at 6. Food trucks and beverage options, including beer and wine, will be available. Fans will be able to watch the game on large video screens beginning at 8.

10:30 a.m. – Bruins morning skate followed by media availability (TD Garden)

11:30 a.m. – Blues morning skate followed by media availability (TD Garden)

6 p.m. – NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media

8 p.m. – 2019 Stanley Cup Final Game 1 (NBC)

■  During tonight’s game, look for a special package of live stats and game updates plus commentary from Globe reporters and columnists at Game 1 on BostonGlobe.com’s homepage and sports page.

■  The Globe is sending five reporters/columnists, three photographers, and one editor to Game 1 tonight.

■  The latest content about the Stanley Cup:

Matt Porter’s look at Game 1

Tara Sullivan on Patrice Bergeron

Porter on the dynamics of the Bruins’ locker room

If you’re still looking for a ticket for Game 1, be prepared for sticker shock: prices on Ace ticket range from $499 apiece in the upper balcony to $9,500 each in Loge 2 . . . Fans from five countries and 37 states have purchased tickets on StubHub . . .The Bruins have opened as a prohibitive favorite (-150) to win the Cup . . .Bruins are 11-0 in the playoffs when leading after two periods . . .the Bruins are also 11-2 when they score the first goal . . in the victory song matchup, it’ll be the old school rocker “Dirty Water” (longtime Bruins anthem) vs. the late Laura Branigan’s pop hit “Gloria” (recently adopted by the Blues) . . . You will see the video of Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring in overtime to sweep the Blues in the 1970 Cup final approximately 612 times before a potential Game 7 June 12 . . . You will also hear once or twice that a Bruins win would be the 13th championship in 18 years for the city . . . The Blues not only haven’t played for the Stanley Cup since that fateful day 49 years ago, but they are the only team to have appeared in multiple Cup finals (three) and not win a game,

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, before OTAs: “Obviously, want to wish the Bruins well in their Stanley Cup Final, proud of what they’re doing and wish them the very best in this next series. I know they’ve played great, but this will be a great opportunity for them and we’ll be cheering them om.”

David Backes on returning to St. Louis and playing against one of his best friends, Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo: “I told him I’m going to love him now, I’m going to love him afterward, but I’m going to hate him for the next three weeks. That’s a mutual decision. We’ll patch up whatever we need to patch up afterward, but it’s all about what’s in this room, what our goal is what we need to do to win these games.”

Bruins president and Hall of Fame right wing Cam Neely, on not winning the Cup as a player: “Well, if you can’t win it wearing skates, it’s okay in a suit. You know, obviously, as a player that’s what you want to do. You want to win a Stanley Cup, and we had a couple of opportunities. Unfortunately, we fell short. So, you learn from those experiences and hopefully we can take some of that experience and apply it in the jobs we have now.”

Scott Thurston can be reached at sthurston@globe.com.

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