By Lucas Frankel 4-18-2013
Emotions were high tonight at the Bruins game. It was Boston’s first sporting event since Monday’s tragic events at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Bruins’ national anthem singer Rene Rancourt was there as usual for Boston’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. But there was nothing usual about how the national anthem played out at the TD Garden.
The Boston Fire Department Honor Guard was by Rancourt’s side and “Boston Strong” emblems were printed on the ice. Rancourt started the anthem before he pulled his microphone away and let the crowd take over following the lyric “What so proudly.” The crowd responded and didn’t miss a beat saying the next line “We hailed.”
For the remaining anthem, everyone sang in Harmony. Once it ended, “U-S-A, U-S-A” chants took over.
However the cheering didn’t stop with “U-S-A.” The crowd went on to shout “Let’s Go Boston” in what ultimately was one of the most inspiring moments in Boston sports history.
Tears were shed, hugs were done, flags were flown high, and for at least one night in Boston, everyone was united.
But the game wasn’t all good for Boston. The Bruins were leading 2-1 before Cody Hodgson of the Sabres scored with 27 seconds remaining to send the game to a shootout.
Sabres forward Drew Stafford scored the only goal of the shootout as the Bruins would fall in a shootout 3-2.
Up next for the Bruins is the Pittsburgh Penguins. The two teams will face off on Friday at 7 p.m.