Sports have returned to Boston two days after the attack on the city’s marathon.
Thousands of sports fans came together ahead of Wednesday’s Boston Bruins NHL game to sing a stirring rendition of the national anthem.
Broadcast on NBC, the first major sporting event since Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing saw the Bruins hosting the Buffalo Sabres. The Boston Fire Department Honor Guard led the crowd in “The Star Spangled Banner,” which at times featured only the voices of the crowd. (See the video below.)
The preshow at TD Garden featured a “Boston Strong” video honoring first responders, which included the song “Home” by American Idol alum Phillip Phillips.
“Being out here today, the energy from the crowd, it’s as though your tears turn into joy,” Boston firefighter David Blaides, the commander of the guard, told ESPN afterward. “It was fulfilling being out there today.”
In addition to the pregame tributes, at halftime there was a moment of silence. Bruins forward Brad Marchand raffled his TD Garden suite for the hockey team’s first home playoff game, with proceeds going to support the family of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the blast. Martin was a big fan of the team.
The game featured heightened security, with police using mirrors to look beneath cars and employing bomb-sniffing dogs. Boston went on to lose the game 3-2. At its conclusion, both teams shared a moment together on the ice and saluted the crowd.