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Bruins and Penguins pay tribute to Boston

Apr 20, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

Bruins - Boston PD tribute

This afternoon’s game in Boston between the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins is showing off how they pay tribute to City of Boston in a special way.

The Bruins came out for the pregame skate before today’s game sporting baseball caps (pictured) of the Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police Department, and Watertown Police Department instead of their helmets. This gesture is reminiscent of what the New York Mets did following 9/11 wearing caps honoring New York City’s police and fire departments.

The Penguins are jumping in with their own tribute in the form of a patch on their jersey for today’s game. Team equipment manager Dana Heinze shows off the design via Twitter.

Expect this afternoon’s game to be sky-high with emotion for the Bruins after the capture of the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect yesterday.

(Photo: Bruins Instagram)

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Touching opening, good game, good fight so far. Boston fans there are solid in their booing every time Iginla touches the puck.

    Good team, great city, a strong city…but class…sorry – Boston, you’ve got none.

    • bigt12789 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      You guys in Pittsburgh really need to get over this booing thing. Chara gets booed in almost every city the B’s go. Last I checked booing the opposition was a part of sports so please explain to me why Boston is suddenly so classless for doing it.

    • kmacle - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Defining irony.

    • bman7206 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Haha gotta love it! . Coming from the dirtiest, classless city in the country. This guy probably has a James Harrison & Matt Cooke fathead on his bedroom wall in his moms basement. Stay classy PIT!

      • mmmpierogi - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        I don’t have a problem with booing guys that are legitimately hated (e.g., Cooke, Chara, Crosby in Philly, etc.). That’s part of any game.

        Booing someone simply because they didn’t come play in your city, however, comes off as childish or whiny, regardless of whether it’s in Boston or anywhere else. Get over it.

      • pens5829 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Are you serious? Have you even watched today’s game? I’ve counted at LEAST three sticks to the face of the Pens (only one penalty). Stop crying about Matt Cooke when you’ve got Marchand on the ice. Please?

        Nice goal Iginla!!!

      • pens5829 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        And how did I miss Ference’s elbow to Letang’s chin that was missed in the first period with no call?

      • pens5829 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Make that four high sticks. Great goal Letang!!!

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      It would be so much better if fans only cheered everyone right?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        butthurt Boston.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Oh sorry, that’s not appropriate behavior for a commenter. I’d appreciate if you wouldn’t directly disagree with anyone on here

  2. crusty14 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Why do you say no class? Because they are booing iggy? Do you expect them to cheer for him every time he touches the puck?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      I expect them to shut the eff up when a true class act doesn’t want to come play for a city that plays nothing but dirty.

      • bman7206 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        I have no problem with Iggu. I agree with you that he IS a true class act. What I think is funny is PIT fans calling ANYONE classless. Coming from fans that spit on opposing fans, women included, at steelers games. Possibly top three most disgusting fans of any city.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        No clue what you’re talking about. Every city, Boston/Pit included, has it’s bums. When it becomes the NORM, in the building, to be a bum – when all of them are joining in, then it becomes a reflection on the town, and the people therein.

      • nhstateline - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Jagr was a better fit for the Bruins. I was thrilled when Iginla didn’t end up here. As for the booing, we paid for our tickets, we can do what we want. Just like Jerome Iginla did.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Yeah I’m sure the bruins and the boston fans put a HUGE smile on Iginla’s face, knowing that he made the right choice. They were like a smooth talking hustler that finally showed their true colors to him.

      • supercoop8 - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        I wish I would have saved your “I don’t troll” diatribe to paste here, but then again one day as you keep throwing around the word ‘class’ you will truly understand irony.

  3. mizbinboston - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Boston: where our entire police force turns into f-ing Liam Neeson from Taken when it all hits the fan.

    • drone501 - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      agree. they did a great job. pens fan, but the booing should not bother anyone. we booed jagr when he signed with flyers last year. booing part of any sporting event.

  4. salsendardo - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    We booed Hossa when he left for Detroit. Don’t play the no class card. Every city does it.

    • mmmpierogi - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      To be fair …

      (1) Hossa actually played in Pittsburgh. Not really the same as when the guy never even suits up for your team (i.e., Iginla).

      (2) Hossa made comments that made it sound as though he was going to stay with the Pens following 2007-08. For instance, he indicated that he would be willing to take a pay cut to fit within the constraints of the Pens’ cap situation. When he left shortly after saying that and after having been given an offer, people were annoyed. Granted, he felt that he had a better chance of winning the Cup in Detroit; history would later show that he was wrong. However, I don’t think Penguin fans were entirely unjustified in feeling slighted given the situation. Had he not postured in ways that conveyed that he wanted to stay with the team, I think people would have realized that he was a short-term solution to a short-term problem. You can argue otherwise, but it’s entirely hypothetical at this point.

      Bottom line: Say what you want about people booing Hossa in Pittsburgh. However, Hossa’s situation isn’t comparable with Iginla in Boston, so there’s no comparison between the two.

  5. capsrockva - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I may despise Pitt, but that was a classy move by that team

  6. jazzyherb - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Like the jackhole sitting behind the pens bench with the “Crosby is a …….” T-shirt.

  7. bobhpine - Apr 21, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    The Bruins took a hot sweaty dump all over us the fans with that undisciplined performance today. Marchand is the essence of me-first, taking selfish penalties against Jussi Jokinen for no other treason than that he is a piece of feces who can’t control himself. The good people of Boston deserved more than to have had to pay to watch that group of underachieving losers go out and get dominated by the Penguins in every phase. Unbelievably pathetic performance by the B’s. Not one win against the Pens this year.

    Lucic should be forced to fight Horton, McQuaid and Marchand for their cowardly play. Seriously, Matt Cooke can mentally destroy you that easily? For good measure, Lucic ought to pile drive that little twerp Jack Edwards into the ground for equating Cooke– who is a hockey player– to Sirhan Sirhan, a terrorist, during the week of a terrorist attack on Boston. An insensitive scrub like that should be forced to resign. His act has worn thin anyway, with the shouting and carrying on. Just shut that guy up already.

    Just sickening performance by the Bs today. Sickening. This team is going nowhere and they did nothing, except for getting an old broken down Jagr, to help this squad full of turds.

    • jackrabbit56 - Apr 21, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      Don’t hold back, tell us how you REALLY feel….

  8. thedudeabides422 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    If a city has history or bad blood with a player booing is understandable. Simply booing because someone picks another is childish. If you have trouble understanding this you are mentally challenged.

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