Back away slowly from the ledge, people. NHL hockey is back at the Garden this Saturday when our beloved Bruins take on the Rangers.
Forgive while welcoming back the B's in style at these puck-packed parties celebrating hockey's long-awaited return.
Hockey Ressurection at Harp
Release months worth of pent-up hockey fanaticism at this bash across the street from the Garden featuring free appetizers, raffles, and a "supah fan" contest so you can show off all the black-and-yellow gear you got for Christmas.
Thu 7-10p. Harp, 85 Causeway St., West End (617-742-1010). Free
Puck Nights at Ducali Pizzeria & Bar
Celebrate the return of hockey with...more hockey, as in live college games and international matches from the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, plus replays of classic Bruins games on the big projector screen. Pair your puck with slices of their award-winning lobster pizza, served exclusively on Tuesdays for the event.
Tuesdays 7p. Ducali Pizzeria & Bar, 283 Causeway St., North End (617-724-4144). Free.
Welcome Back NHL at GameOn!
You've probably been watching a lot of old games during the lockout, which means you should be well prepared to win a game of NHL trivia at this free event. If not, you can still enjoy free wings, Bruins tickets contests, signed gear giveaways and 90 HD TVs worth of hockey.
Wed 7p. GameOn!, 82 Lansdowne St., Fenway (617-351-7001). Free.
Northeastern vs. Boston College
The hot ticket on Saturday night will be to see the Bruins tangle with the Rangers at the Garden, but if you need an alternate fix for live hockey you can probably spot a future NHL star or two at this intracity college grudge match featuring Northeastern and the Eagles, who currently sit in third place in the NCAA rankings.
Sat 7p. Matthews Arena at Northeastern University, 238-262 St. Botolph St., Mission Hill (617-373-2000). $15-20 here.