The games were played on Monday night in the NHL everywhere except Boston after the tragedy that struck the Boston Marathon. But Boston was on everybody's mind across the NHL.
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, a native of Boston, showed support for his hometown in a subtle way. He had the words Pray for Boston written on the heel of his skate, the slogan of support that has risen in the aftermath of the bombings.
Here's a look (s/t to NESN):
A small gesture from Yandle that feels anything but small.
That was hardly all of the outpouring of support across the NHL. Chicago is known for, among other things, having rousing renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner before games where fans cheer throughout. Those cheers usually become more intense and heart-warming after tragedies. Monday night was no different.
(On a side note, I really need to get to a game in Chicago and experience this for myself.)
Also, at all rinks across the league Monday night, moments of silence were held for those people in Boston affected by the tragedy, including the three who lost their lives. Here is the scene in Phoenix with another look at the message on Yandle's skate.
Like scenes played out at the other arenas on Monday night as well, both in the U.S. and Canada.
As for Boston, the Bruins' game on Monday night against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden was postponed, but they are scheduled to play the Sabres at home on Wednesday. The emotions on that night will be overpowering, I'm sure.
As the Chicago Tribune put it on Tuesday, we are all Bruins.
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