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Video: Bruins honor victims, first responders of Boston Marathon tragedy

Apr 17, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

Prior to Wednesday night’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, the Boston Bruins paid tribute to the lives lost and heroic efforts from the bombings at Monday’s Boston Marathon.

The TD Garden screen played a ‘Boston Strong” video, which was followed by a moment of silence to honor victims and first responders.

Then, longtime anthem singer Rene Rancourt was joined by the Boston Fire Department Honor Guard — and the Garden faithful — for an emotional rendition of the National Anthem.

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Shortly thereafter, Bruins forward Dan Paille opened the scoring — just 5:45 into the first period — with the assist going to Chris Kelly.

The goal and pregame tribute were received with a rousing ovation from the Bruins faithful, who seemed genuinely touched by the organization’s outpouring of emotion.

“The efforts that have taken place from ownership, management, players and all our associates to put together the proper recognition at tonight’s game for those who responded, helped and comforted all those who have been affected by the tragic events this past Monday have been remarkable,” said Bruins President Cam Neely.

“Every member of our organization has assisted in many different ways to make sure we make Boston proud, make our fans proud and show what it means to call Boston home. I am very proud of our entire organization for the compassion and support they have all showed, although not surprised.

“We are all ‘Boston Strong.’”

Courtesy the Bruins, here’s the special decal players are wearing on their helmets for tonight’s game:


During the second intermission, the Bruins will host an “8-Spoked-Saulte” for first responders. These salutes normally take place at select Bruins games throughout the year, honoring men and women of the Armed Forces.

  1. agellings - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Very well done, emotional and moving tribute. Hard not to well up a bit watching this, great job Boston, we’re with you. #BostonStrong

  2. 8man - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    A poignant moment of unity and resilience and a show of American spirit. The wife and I were overcome when it ended. Monday wasn’t your day, Boston. But every day after will be. Boston Strong!

  3. scalfor3 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Even Habsman couldn’t hate on that

  4. dkphilly1122 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    God Bless Boston……United We All Stand!!

  5. govtminion - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    …something in my eye. Promise.

    I expected an emotional evening, but that… was amazing.

  6. pafinest87 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Excellent tribute and great game. Stay strong Boston united we are!!

  7. scalfor3 - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Whoever is downvoting comments on this article can go f*ck themselves

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Heartless waste of space, they are. Maybe they should experience life in a far more difficult and oppressive country. Learn to appreciate what we have as Americans and respect one another. Shameful.

      • scalfor3 - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        Seriously, what happened in Boston on Monday supersedes any hockey rivalry

  8. wethog66 - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    The last time I felt this way listening to an anthem sung was when Whitney Houston sang the anthem before SB25. Well done.

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