Saturday, April 20, 2013
Bruins honor heroes, victims
By Joe McDonald
Bruins winger Brad Marchand wears a Massachusetts state police hat during warm-ups.
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins honored the victims of Monday's bombings, the police officer killed during the search for two suspects, and the first responders in another emotional pregame ceremony Saturday at TD Garden.
During warm-ups, the Bruins wore state police, Boston PD and Watertown PD hats, while the Pittsburgh Penguins wore "617" patches on their jerseys.
Prior to the national anthem, a moment of silence was held as pictures of the victims -- Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi and MIT police officer Sean Collier -- were shown on the video board and their names read to the applause of the fans.
Then, similar to Wednesday's game, a "Boston Strong"-themed video was played on the board to the music of Phillip Phillips' "Home," only this time it was updated with images of first responders and citizens after the second alleged bomber was caught Friday night in Watertown.
And, as on Wednesday, Rene Rancourt began to sing the national anthem, then lowered his microphone and motioned for the fans to take over.
When the lights came up, chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A" began.