Wednesday night's game between the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres, the first sporting event held in Boston since Monday's bombing, was expected to be intensely emotional.
It did not disappoint.
With yellow and blue ribbons projected on the ice before the game, the Bruins' longtime singer, Rene Rancourt, launched into the national anthem. But after a few bars, he lowered his microphone, and the nearly 18,000 fans packed into TD Garden took it from there.
As the anthem died down, the arena broke into spontaneous chants of "USA! USA!" All of that before the first puck even dropped.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The mystery behind China's aggressive push into space
- 10 things you need to know today: July 30, 2014
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Pay yourself first: The habit that can help you build wealth
- The 5 best and worst states for a well-lived life
- Why GOP reformers are bound to fail
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- How the battle for religious freedom became a nonsensical free-for-all
- The 6 best low-cost smartphones
Subscribe to the Week