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Pierre McGuire on OMF explains why Boston has 'much louder' crowd than Toronto

Michael Lowther
April 20, 2018 - 3:41 pm

NBC analyst Pierre McGuire, known for his “Inside the Glass” segment on nationally broadcasted NHL games, joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, with Rob Bradford and Tom Caron filling in for the guys, on Friday to discuss the first-round matchup between the Bruins and Maple Leafs.

McGuire has been at ice level for games in both Boston and Toronto in this series, and while both fanbases are among the most passionate in the league, McGuire said there's no comparison between the two arenas when it comes to atmosphere.

“Boston is a more amped-up crowd,” McGuire explained. “Boston is a much louder crowd, much louder. Toronto is more of a corporate crowd. They don’t boo their team very often, they’re very supportive. The Boston players know they have to produce for their fans. In Toronto, it’s just taken for granted.”

McGuire clearly showed his favoritism for Boston and its fans over the competition from north of the border.

“I love going to Boston to do games,” McGuire said. “I loved going to Boston coaching games because it’s a hockey town, it’s a big-time hockey town and the fans are great. In Toronto it’s a little bit different, it really is. It’s more of a corporate crowd, it’s more of a suit and tie crowd and they’re not really as amped up. Now when the team does great they get pretty loud, but in Boston they are loud all the time.”

McGuire believes the crowd was a major factor in the Bruins’ 7-3 victory in Game 2.

“It’s almost like they were sharks and they were smelling the blood, they wanted to see more pain inflicted on Toronto,” McGuire said.

McGuire said he can sense even more energy around this year's team thanks to the Bruins' great regular season and exciting mix of established stars and growing youngsters.

“I really think the Bruins fans love this team,” McGuire said. “There have been other Bruins teams where they have been kind of lukewarm with them, but I think they love this team. They’re an exciting team to watch and you’ve got really good young star players evolving.”