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
- How academia's liberal bias is killing social science
- Why Pakistan won't hunt down the terrorists within its borders
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Pope Francis' American problem
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Sorry, GOP, tax cuts don't pay for themselves
- A brief history of the Christmas present
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- 4 things NASA can teach you about a good night's sleep
Subscribe to the Week