- Joe McDonald, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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CHICAGO -- While players on both the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are already sporting the 2013 Stanley Cup logo sweatshirts, hats and helmet stickers, the Bruins also still have the “Boston Strong” blue and yellow ribbon stickers on their helmets. The symbols have been there since their first game after the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15.
Nearly two months after the tragic events, Bruins players are still talking about how they’re trying their best to help residents and fans heal.
As an organization, the Bruins have done a tremendous job embracing the community since the events. Their honorary banner captains during the playoffs have all been victims or first responders of the bombings.
If the Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals, it will only help more.
“When it happened it was obviously very tragic and we felt terrible,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton. “We all knew people who were either down there or on their way. I’ve been to a bunch of the hospitals, visiting people, and there’s not enough you can say about it.
“For the first little bit afterwards our games took people's minds off it for a few hours. But now being here, the city’s pretty tight as it is and if they can rally behind us, and we can feed off that a little, then great and hopefully we can use it.”
Opposing teams have honored the City of Boston prior to Bruins road games.
“That was obviously a tough time for Boston, as well as the country, but I thought they did an unbelievable job with what they did for some of the people who were involved in that,” said the Blackhawks’ Brent Seabrook. “[Brad] Marchand donated a suite [at TD Garden], which is unbelievable for a guy like that to do that, and I’m sure other players did other things as well."
But Seabrook added that his team isn't focused on Boston's tragedy, at this point.
"It’s the Stanley Cup finals and we want to win the Stanley Cup, so we’re not going to be sympathetic towards that,” he said.
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