Bruins Honor Fallen Heroes
It was the Bruins who last April brought Boston together for the city’s first major event following the Marathon bombings, with a poignant and emotional pre-game ceremony at TD Garden that included all 17,565 in attendance singing the national anthem just two days after the attacks.
And on Thursday night prior to their 3-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins once again found themselves in the position of giving the city an escape from tragedy.
A day after a raging fire in the Back Bay took the lives of two firefighters, Lieutenant Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy, and injured 13 more, the Black & Gold held another classy pre-game ceremony.
The Bruins took the ice in warmups wearing BFD baseball caps. Goalies Tuukka Rask and Chad Johnson donned knitted winter hats over their helmets.
Prior to the national anthem, a moment of silence was held with the pictures of Walsh and Kennedy on the video board. With the house lights of the Garden dimmed, the BFD logo shined on the ice just inside of both blue lines.
The Boston Fire Department Honor Guard presented the colors.
The Bruins also announced that the 50-50 jackpot would benefit the Walsh/Kennedy Memorial Fund. The raffle raised $51,000, the largest in Bruins history, according to a tweet from NESN Bruins studio host Dale Arnold.
According to NESN play-by-play man, Jack Edwards, a number of the players visited area firehouses during the afternoon and donated tickets to firemen for Thursday night’s Stanley Cup Final rematch with Chicago.
“It’s sad to see those kinds of things happen, especially when people are trying to save other people’s lives. And we all know that when they take those jobs on there’s that risk but it really touches the city,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien following the team’s morning skate on Thursday. “This city is pretty sensitive when it comes to that stuff and very supportive of all those situations. We’re no different in here.
“We’re a group here that really rallies around this city and we’re going to try and make this city feel as good as we can with our play and let them know that our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”
Following the victory, the Boston Fire Department was named the game’s No. 1 star.