Bruins: Game itself takes a backseat

Wednesday night's Bruins game against the Sabres was all about community and family and less about hockey. (Getty Images)
Wednesday night’s Bruins game against the Sabres was all about community and family and less about hockey. (Getty Images)

BOSTON — The Bruins were the first professional sports team in Boston to play a home game following the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. After their game with Ottawa was postponed on Monday night (to April 28), the B’s hosted the Sabres at TD Garden on Wednesday night and for once, the contest itself took a backseat to the event (Buffalo won 3-2 in a shootout).

From the pregame warm-ups featuring “Boston Strong” ribbons projected on the ice to the national anthem by Rene Rancourt that turned into a group sing-along, it truly was a night that the 17,565 people in attendance and countless media will never forget.

“Tough to keep a dry eye after the memorial on the big screen and seeing the crowd,” admitted Bruins forward Shawn Thornton. “It was great to see everyone rally around each other.”

There was a moment of silence before the anthem then a montage of still pictures from Monday’s Marathon. The Bruins’ official Twitter account tweeted out pictures of the 617 and Boston Marathon stickers placed on their helmets this morning. In addition, they had a Bruins jersey with the words “Boston Strong” printed on the back hanging up in the dressing room, similar to what the Red Sox have done. In the second period, a large group of first responders got a long and much deserved standing ovation.

“It just showed that everyone is united and coming together which is what we need to do,” added Bruins forward Brad Marchand. “It was extremely emotional but we’re helping each other get through it.”

Those lucky enough to have a ticket to this memorable game did their part by starting up “Let’s Go Boston” and “We Are Boston” chants early on, with a “We Love Boston” later on. During one of the commercial breaks in the first period, the Garden public address announcer Jim Martin implored people that ran in the Marathon on Monday to stand, followed by people who had ever run in it and finally anyone who had gone to watch it. The point well taken was that “we are all the Boston Marathon.”

“Our main goal was to play well for the cause,” noted Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “We should be grateful to a lot of people (the first responders) and also feel for others. This wasn’t a one night thing, we need to bring that energy every night.”

There is no manual for how to grieve or go about daily life after a horrific tragedy like this happens in our backyard. Being at the Garden showed why we all have been so proud of the city and region’s immediate response following the bombings: Boston is a special place that we love and we all want to do our part to make it better every day, even if truthfully it will never quite be the same.

Follow Metro Boston Bruins beat writer Richard Slate on Twitter @RichSlate



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.