Rene Rancourt is the lead vocalist for the Bruins’ National Anthem during each home game, but on Wednesday night — in the first professional sporting even in the city of Boston since the tragic events that unfolded on Monday — he had some help.
Rancourt led the start of the anthem, but left most of the song to the fans of Boston. All in attendance at TD Garden on Wednesday took part in the singing of the National Anthem and it’s just another moment that will go down in Boston sports history.
The Bruins took the ice in a regular season contest that just a few days ago only held particular postseason potential. On Wednesday however, following the twin bombings near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, its meaning presented a feel of so much more.
On Tuesday night, the Boston Red Sox took the lead by scooping up a victory on the road in Cleveland, giving the city something to hang their hats on for the time being. The Bruins represented that “home” feel on Wednesday night though, that clearly proved just how strong the city of Boston really is.
The Boston Celtics also returned to action on Wednesday night on the road in Toronto. The Celtics’ game represented the final regular season contest of the year for Boston, as a playoff series that is set to begin this weekend looms in the coming days.
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