HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For Mark Anderson, the opening game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Boston Bruins was a trip down memory lane.
Anderson was watching Game 1 closely at a gathering in suburban Hartford Thursday night as the Bruins rallied to beat the Hurricanes 5-2 behind four goals in the third period.
“Look at that,” Anderson said after Patrice Bergeron’s goal put Boston ahead for good. “It’s just like old times. Two b.s. penalties against us lead to two b.s. Bruins goals.”
If Anderson sounds like a Hurricanes fan, you’re not far off the mark. He is in fact a Hartford Whalers fan and was one of several members of the Hartford Whalers Booster Club (yes, it still exists) who watched the game at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Manchester.
Twenty-two years after Hartford’s only major professional franchise left the city for Raleigh, North Carolina, the bittersweet love of the Whalers is still going strong for some.
The 44-year-old Anderson and the others could not resist getting together as the franchise that left them faced their former New England rival. Most said they were rooting for the Hurricanes,…