On Wednesday night, Zdeno Chara returned to Boston after an illustrious 15-year tenure with the Bruins. Without fans in attendance at TD Garden, his former team still provided an appropriate welcome back montage after the first TV timeout.

“It sucks that there weren’t any fans there,” goaltender Tuukka Rask said of Chara’s return. “We lived through all those moments together, but it unfortunately wasn’t as emotional as it would’ve been if fans had been there.”

After the tribute, the Bruins and Washington Capitals proceeded to the business at hand.