Amid tightened security, the Boston Bruins took to the ice on Wednesday night in the city’s first major sporting event since the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Before the opening faceoff between the Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres, the 17,565 fans at the TD Garden delivered a moving rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
With a blue and yellow ribbon projected on the stadium ice and the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard present to honor the first responders at Monday’s event, singer Rene Rancourt began the national anthem, the Huffington Post reported.
But soon after, as the crowd’s singing resonated throughout the stands, Rancourt lowered his microphone. The fans carried on in a sing-along, in what was an emotional moment for the city still coping from recent tragedy. As the anthem came to a close, the crowd erupted into cheers and a thunderous chant of “U.S.A.”