On Apr. 15, the City of Boston was rocked when two bombs went off at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon on Bolyston Street in Boston, Mass. The explosions killed three individuals and injured more than 200 people. Among those killed were Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy; Krystle Campbell, 29, a female restaurant manager; and Lü Lingzi, 23, a female Boston University graduate student. Additionally, Sean Collier, 26, of the MIT Police Department passed away due to multiple gun shot wounds from the bombing suspects.
The deaths, injuries and fear of further acts of terrorism scared the entire city and surrounding communities for days. The events of Marathon Monday forced the cancellation of Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics games. The Bruins will make up their game on Apr. 28, while the Celtics decided to forgo the game completely.
When the Bruins returned to the TD Garden on the Wednesday following the bombing, the crowd came out in flocks to take their mind off of the horrible events that transpired and watch some hockey. The 17,565 fans sang along with Garden favorite Rene Rancourt as he sang the National Anthem. When the song was finished, the crowd started to chant “We are Boston” and “USA, USA!”
Following the game, which ended in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout, both teams skated to the middle of the ice and both teams gave the fans of Boston a stick-salute, a tradition only the home team normally does.
Since the tragedy, the Bruins are 2-2 and will drop the puck for a fifth game on Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
This passion shown by the fans of the Bruins can be a driving force to give back the great city something they deserve. Although they haven’t gone on a winning streak since the emotion of the Sabres game, when the playoffs come around it can be lift to a Bruins team that truly cares for their city.
The Bruins will dawn a ‘Boston Strong’ ribbon on their jerseys, at least in their home blacks, for the remainder of the season and into the playoffs. Looking down at their black-and-gold jersey with the blue-and-yellow ribbon might give this team the boost they need.
Bruins fans will continue to flock the Garden and prove to the world they are Boston Strong and not afraid of terrorism. Will this be enough to inspire the Bruins to make a deep run into the playoffs and win their second Stanley Cup in three years?
The team has the talent and ability, but can they get the emotional boost from the tragedy and the strength of the wonder City of Boston? Only time will tell, and until then stay strong Boston.