After the Bruins' win over Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, ESPN's Jackie MacMullan compared the noise level at TD Garden to that of an AC/DC concert. According to figures released Monday night by NHL.com, she wasn't too far off.
NHL.com's Decibel Meter, which has recorded the noise level at games throughout the Stanley Cup Final, registered a series-high reading of 118 decibels after Brad Marchand's shorthanded goal that gave the Bruins a 3-0 lead in Game 3.
The Decibel Comparison Chart states that 118 decibels is the equivalent of a "loud rock concert," and that sustained exposure to decibel levels above 90 may result in hearing loss.
The highest decibel level registered during Games 1 and 2 at Vancouver's Rogers Center was 117 dB, recorded after Alex Burrows' game-winning overtime goal in Game 2.
The Decibel Meter registered 117 dB on two occasions in Game 3 at the Garden — after Andrew Ference scored the game's first goal 11 seconds into the second period and after David Krejci's goal gave Boston a 4-0 late in the second period.
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