Eight down, eight to go.

The Boston Bruins quest for the Stanley Cup is halfway complete. The B’s will now drop the puck on Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at TD Garden.

And with the stakes growing larger with every game, the Bruins have brought out the big guns to kick things off, with legendary defenseman Ray Bourque serving as the honorary banner captain for Game 1.

And as if Bruins fans needed anymore reason to lose their minds in the minutes leading up to the game, Bourque certainly helped get things going.

The B’s already have rolled out some epic banner captains, from former players like Bobby Orr, Johnny Bucyk and Marc Savard to other Boston sports stars Julian Edelman, David Andrews and Aly Raisman.

Bringing out No. 77 seemed like the logical next choice.

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