Boston has always been a hard city. It’s hard to drive the streets, which seem to have been built with anything but smooth and sensible navigation in mind. The aggressive drivers who have a hard time finding their directional lights are an added bonus. Our accents are wicked hard to listen to. It’s also hard for us, as a community, not to come together and stay strong in the face of adversity. In the wake of the horrific events that took place at the 117th Boston Marathon, the city of Boston, the state of Massachusetts, and the country as a whole, have come together to support those affected and to stay ‘Boston Strong’.
“Every member of our organization has assisted in many different ways to make sure we make Boston proud, make our fans proud and show what it means to call Boston home. I am very proud of our entire organization for the compassion and support they have all showed, although not surprised. We are all ‘Boston Strong,’” said Bruins President Cam Neely.
The owner of the Boston Bruins, Jeremy Jacobs, donated $100,000 to The One Fund Boston, a charity set up to support those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy. Following suit, the TD Garden, the NHL, and the NHLPA donated $50,000 each, to bring the grand total to $250,000 donated tonight.
In a blue and yellow illuminated TD Garden (the official colors of the Boston Marathon) the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres faced off, providing some much needed entertainment and relief from the past few stressful days.
The puck dropped after a tribute video and a rendition of the National Anthem sung by Rene Rancourt and the TD Garden crowd that didn’t leave anyone in the house with a dry eye.
“It was something pretty special,” Chris Kelly would say when asked to comment on the pregame ceremony. “They did a great job with the tribute video and obviously the fans and the anthem were incredible, obviously something real special. It’s an emotional thing seeing that. You do get a bit choked up and it’s something that you try and fight back tears and you’re swallowing and it feels like you’ve got something in your throat.”
A little over five minutes into the game, Daniel Paille and the Bruins would strike, as he collected a pass from Kelly and beat Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek, would tie the game on a power play goal with only 1:40 remaining in the first.
At the 14:48 mark of the second, Paille would return the favor and set Kelly up for a goal. The goal, the 100th of Kelly’s career, would give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
The Bruins faithful thought that their home team had secured the victory, but unfortunately for the Black and Gold, Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson scored with 26.6 seconds left to force the game to overtime. No one would score in the overtime period and Drew Stafford scored the only goal in the shoot out to give Buffalo the 3-2 victory.
With the lone point Boston secured a playoff berth.
“It’s always tough, you know, the fans deserved it tonight,” Patrice Bergeron said in response to if he felt like the team still won since they secured a playoff spot. “We couldn’t get it done for them so, it’s hard right now to feel like you won cause they deserved better, but, the city is a winner that’s for sure. That’s for sure.”