Following the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday, the NHL postponed that night’s planned game between the Boston Bruins and the Ottawa Senators at Boston’s TD Garden. Last night’s game between the Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres was the first major sporting event to take place in Beantown since the bombing. The atmosphere was electric, with fans waving flags and chanting “USA” and “Boston strong” throughout the game.
The national anthem prior to the game was the moment that will be remembered forever, though. After only a few seconds of signing into the microphone, anthem signer Rene Rancourt (who’s been singing the anthem before Bruins games for almost four decades) let the crowd take over.
Try to hold back the tears as you watch this:
The Bruins ended up losing the game to the Sabres by the score of 3-2, but nothing on the scoreboard could take away from the magic that was in the air at the arena.
After the game, players from both teams saluted the fans — and the entire city of Boston: