Originally posted on CBS Chicago:
BOSTON (AP) — Emerging from a moment of silence with a deafening cheer, fans at Wednesday night’s Bruins game paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with a stirring a cappella national anthem and thunderous chants for their city, their country and their team.
Taking over the “Star-Spangled Banner” when longtime Garden troubadour Rene Rancourt signaled for them to sing, the sold-out crowd at Boston’s first major sporting event since Monday’s attack electrified the arena and spurred the Bruins to an early goal. Even after Buffalo tied it in the final minute and won in a shootout, 3-2, the Bruins fans departed with one final chant of “U.S.A.!”
“That’s what Boston is all about,” Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron said. “The city’s a winner, for sure. It was something very special to be a part of. It’s one of those games you really wanted to get — not only for the team, but for the city.”