For the first time since the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, the sports world returns to Boston. The Bruins will take on the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night, which was originally scheduled to be played on Monday but was postponed.
The Bruins now get back to the grind of hockey, but they have plenty to play for. Along with trying to help a wounded city heal, Boston is on the verge of securing a playoff spot. I imagine the playoffs is the last thing on the minds of the Bruins. Tonight will be a special game for the Bruins much like the Saints returning to the Super Dome after hurricane Katrina, or the Giants stepping on the field after 9/11. The Bruins aren’t playing for the playoffs or for personal gain. Tonight, they’re playing for the people of Boston.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs expressed his sympathies to victims of the bombings:
“I have no doubt that the amazing people in Boston will continue to display great strength and resiliency. We will be there to offer our support in any way that we can in the wake of this tragedy,” Jacobs said, via team website.
Security has been tightened at the TD Garden, as expected. 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.