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Bruins fans belt out a national anthem for the ages in Boston

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By Allan Muir

And that’s how you do it.

That’s how you show a city’s indomitable spirit. How you honor its heroes and remember those who were lost.

The fans who packed Boston’s TD Garden for tonight’s game between the Bruins and the Sabres let out their grief and pride at once with a national anthem for the ages.

Rene Rancourt, the local singer whose own anthem performances are legend, sang the first few lines of the Star Spangled Banner then, wisely, handed it off to the crowd. The moment, after all, was theirs to serve as a proxy for the heartbroken but resilient city.

And they rose to the occasion, getting louder and louder with a rousing, emotional effort that will stand with Chicago’s 1991 All-Star Game anthem as one of the most stirring moments in hockey history.

Well done, Boston.

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Before the game, the Bruins ran an emotional video tribute to Monday’s heroes and victims.

The final score–a 3-2 shootout win for the Sabres–wasn’t the ideal finish for the partisan crowd, but this moment put the evening back into perspective:

According to Steve Ott, the idea of the post-game center ice salute was put together during the pre-game skate by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek. The show of unity made for a heartfelt end to the hard-fought contest.

  • Published On Apr 17, 2013
  • 7 comments
    DaM
    DaM

    A die hard Penguins fan here(and the other Pittsburgh teams too)...Awesome job to the fans and both teams for coming together like that.  In a world where war, violence and pain are often the answer to problems, it is so very comforting to see camaraderie and a sharing of a hope for a better tomorrow

    Doug1
    Doug1

    Reminds me of the Blue Jackets game I went to right after 9/11.  Well done Boston.

    RickDyson
    RickDyson

    Quite awesome that neither team captain is American both are European.  Thanks guys.

    jawwallace
    jawwallace

    I'm a Philly fan: Eagles, Sixers, Phillies, Flyers.  I am no fan of Boston sports teams. I celebrate your victories only when they come against the Yankees. But that changed on Monday.

     

    You are a tough town, a smart town...a town with a heart. And that is not so far from the place where I live,  where I can sense your civic spirit and pride and absolute toughness.

     

    So, God Bless you Boston. Philly is Boston. Philly is the Bruins, and the Sox and the Celtics and the Patriots. (If only for a few days.)

     

    God Bless Boston. You are Boston strong. And we are with you. 

     

    Andy from Philly

     

     

    salvaje50
    salvaje50

    Wow.  Now that's how you sing an anthem

    carjax1202
    carjax1202

    chills......and fricken awesome!!!

    KevinDoucette
    KevinDoucette

    What a great site. That's the way it should be at every game.

    Not a Boston fan but hat was great.

    Boston Strong