If this morning’s story about the TD Garden crowd loudly and passionately singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before last night’s NHL game between the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres didn’t warm your heart, this one surely will.
After the game, which the Bruins lost by a goal, members of the home team reportedly insisted on showing their appreciation to many of the Boston Marathon bombing first responders by taking them out for a beer.
Late last night, a number of firefighters, police officers and EMTs waited in a room deep within the TD Garden. They were to meet and greet the Bruins players after the game; they’d already been honored on the ice in a ceremony during the second period. Instead, they ended up forging a much deeper bond with the players.
The Bruins players reportedly weren’t satisfied with just shaking the hands of the first responders, posing for pictures and signing a few autographs. One unnamed player reportedly had the bright idea to offer to buy the first responders a beer — a proposal that was met with cheers, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Les Carpenter.
The group headed out to a local bar, where one can only assume more than a few beers were consumed — these are hockey players we’re talking about, after all. And firefighters. And cops. And EMTs. Heck, someone should check if the bar has any booze left on its shelves this morning.