PITTSBURGH -- Barry Bonds spent a portion of Monday morning driving around Pittsburgh, marveling at the changes hes seen in the city since baseballs career home run king bolted for San Francisco more than two decades ago. He drove by his old apartment in the western suburbs and the reconfigured North Shore, where Three Rivers Stadium has been replaced by sparkling PNC Park. The makeover hasnt been limited to the scenery. After 21 years, it appears the old wounds surrounding Bonds abrupt departure have started to heal, too. Bonds drew a mixture of boos and cheers while presenting current Pittsburgh centre fielder Andrew McCutchen with the 2013 NL MVP award. Bonds was the previous Pirates player to win the honour, earning the second of his record seven career MVP trophies in 1992. Standing next to McCutchen, Bonds waved to the packed house and seemed at ease in his first public appearance in conjunction with the team where he starred from 1986-92 before leaving for San Francisco via free agency. "It feels good to be back where it all started," Bonds said. "We had some great times here." Bonds then sat in the stands and watched as the Pirates opened against the Chicago Cubs. Bonds won the 1990 and 1992 MVP awards while playing for the Pirates from 1986-92 and led the team to three straight NL East titles. Each playoff trip, however, fell short of the World Series, most notably a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 NL championship series that ended when Bonds throw from left field failed to stop Atlantas Sid Bream from scoring the series-clinching run. He left for San Francisco and a then-record six-year, $43-million deal two months later, where Bonds eventually broke Hank Aarons record for career home runs, finishing with 762 before leaving after the 2007 season. Bonds declined to draw any comparisons between himself and McCutchen, who easily won the MVP award last season a year after finishing third in the voting. "Hes got the formula now," Bonds said. "Once you do it once, I expect you to do it again." Bonds was joined by a familiar face as the Pirates put the finishing touches on a breakout 2013 when they won 94 games and made it to the NL division series. Former manager Jim Leyland presented current skipper Clint Hurdle with his NL Manager of the Year Award and credited Hurdle for helping turn the franchise around. After spending years watching his former club serve as a laughingstock, Leyland is confident the Pirates are back. "Theyre the real deal now," Leyland said. "They should be here for a long time." And while he steered clear of the politics surrounding Bonds place in baseball history, Leyland left no doubt about whether Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame. Bonds fell well short of the 75 per cent threshold required for induction during his second year of eligibility, with many voters saying they wouldnt put him in because of the steroids cloud. "In my opinion, Barry Bonds is a Hall of Fame player," said Leyland, who managed the Pirates from 1986-96 and is now retired. "Theres no doubt about it." Carlton Fisk White Sox Jersey . At this point, even he isnt sure when it is going to stop. The right-hander dropped his fourth straight decision in Los Angeles 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, leaving his status very much in doubt as the Dodgers prepare for the stretch drive. Zack Collins White Sox Jersey . 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Reilly Smith also scored for Boston, which finished with the best record in the NHL last season but couldnt get past the second round of the playoffs.Sean Couturier scored for Philadelphia, and Steve Mason stopped 31 shots.It was 1-all when Mason deflected Adam McQuaids slap shot from the blue line into the air. The puck came down in the crease, and Kelly swiped it in while Bostons Loui Eriksson also had a shot at it.I just wanted to go out there and feel good and enjoy it, said Kelly, who missed the playoffs last year with a herniated disk. Last year was taken away from me and made me realize how much I missed the game and want to be out there playing. I just tried to enjoy the whole night and tried to play my game. For sure, theres no better feeling.Another sellout, the 214th in a row, filled the TD Garden. But the crowd seemed to be still getting over last seasons playoff loss to the rival Montreal Canadiens by a Boston team that had reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2013 and then totalled 114 points in 2013-14.During the off-season, the Bruins lost Jarome Iginla a€” their leading goal-scorer from last season a€” and Shawn Thornton, and last week defenceman Johnny Boychuk was traded to the New York Islanders.The Flyers are in their 40th season since back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 19974 and 75.ddddddddddddhey always have a solid team. No matter who is in their lineup, they play the exact same way, said Philadelphia forward Wayne Simmonds. We were a little bit jittery for probably the first period and a half, and it cost us.The Bruins scored on a power play at 10:39 of the first when Carl Soderberg muscled around the back of the net and then passed across to Smith.It stayed 1-0 until 4 minutes into the third, when the Flyers put some pressure on Rask and finally beat him. Jakub Voracek came out from behind the net and whipped the puck across to Couturier, who deflected it in.Bostons Bobby Robins, 32, played in his first NHL game. He had played 499 games in the U.S. minor leagues and in Europe after going to college at UMass-Lowell.It was awesome, said Robins, whose wife and 11-month-old daughter, Libby, were in the stands. After nine years to have that happen was a dream come true, and to play here at the Garden ... it was a very special feeling; Ill never forget it.He also got into his first fight, tangling with Luke Schenn in the second period.I know the brand of hockey these Boston fans like, and I just hope to be able to provide that. And to get that kind of reception was a great feeling, said Robins, who chatted with Schenn in the penalty box. He was asking if it was my first NHL game. So, I said, Yeah. He just said, Good fight a€” the normal stuff guys say after a fight.NOTES: Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux, who returned earlier than expected from an unspecified training camp injury, played the most shifts and the most ice time of any Flyers forward. He was 4 for 21 on faceoffs, including 2 for 12 against Patrice Bergeron. ... The game ended with the Bruins due to be assessed a penalty. Brad Marchand elbowed Schenn, but the Flyers never gave up the puck before the horn. ... Pierre-Edouard Bellemare made his NHL debut for Philadelphia. ' ' '