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Not A Normal Hockey Night In Boston

from Shira Springer of the Boston Globe,

Wednesday night’s game was the first Boston professional sports event since the marathon bombings. While some fans expressed hesitancy about attending, it was a loud, enthusiastic crowd primed for an emotional night. And they got that before the pick was dropped. A slideshow projected images of hope and tragedy from the marathon finish, then Rene Rancourt started the national anthem. Barely into the song, he let the crowd take over and finish a moving a cappella rendition.

“It’s not your normal game,” said Jeff Slater of Norwell. “This is more than hockey tonight. The hockey game is somewhat secondary to 18,000 people who are saying, ‘We’re not afraid of who did this. We stand united.’ If 9/11 never happened, maybe I’d feel differently. But we’ve seen the healing power of sports. We have seen what our teams can do for our community.”

Slater brought his 13-year-old son, Patrick, to the game because he knew it would be special. That said, he was somewhat worried about having his son there, but only because of the potential extra security hassles. But to fans’ credit, it appeared they came early enough to avoid any major bottlenecks or lengthy delays at security checkpoints.

read on and if you missed the tribute and National Anthem, you can watch them here...

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Joe Z.'s avatar

Anyone got news on West,TX?

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 04/18/13 at 08:55 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Paul, any details regarding what security is going to be like at games for those of us attending this weekend?

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 04/18/13 at 10:52 AM ET

Paul's avatar


Cars were searched inside and out before entering the arena’s underground garage in the morning, with guards using a mirror on a pole to check the undercarriage.

Sports writers, usually subject to only the most cursory inspection, were waved with a metal-detecting wand when passing through security for the Bruins’ morning skate.

Inside the Garden lobby, which doubles as the North Station rail terminal, uniformed and plain-clothed police wandered among the commuters. Police cars and motorcycles were lined up on an access road outside.

Thats from a few stories this morning, plus ticket holders were getting the wand treatment too plus bags were being searched.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/18/13 at 11:00 AM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Thanks, Paul.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 04/18/13 at 11:08 AM ET

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