NHL Helps Boston Heal

The Boston Marathon memorial ribbon is  projected onto the ice at TD Garden.

The Boston Marathon memorial ribbon is projected onto the ice at TD Garden.

Last night, the Boston Bruins played host to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden in what was the first major sporting event in the city since the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon. Usually at an NHL game, the national anthem is sung before the opening puck-drop, but never have I ever seen it sung quite like this; with a passion, a unity and a spirit that in light of the horrific events of Monday, cannot fail to bring a smile to the face or a tear to the eye of anyone who can truly see its beauty.

The sheer emotion of the moment, when Rene Rancourt invites the 17,565 spectators to unite in song, transcends anything else that has been said or shown before it, and although the Buffalo Sabres ultimately emerged victorious with 3-2 shootout win, keeping their playoff hopes alive, the result was never going to be significant. Last night was about the city of Boston, about the people of Boston and about the NHL having the honour of playing witness to their immense courage.

This post doesn’t need too many words because sometimes images are enough, and sometimes, like in Boston yesterday, one can witness a heart-stopping moment and know exactly what they have seen.

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