12:30 p.m., TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
The Last Penguins Game:
April 17, 2013 - Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 4 [Recap]
Really not a lot to talk about hockey wise before this game. As you know the past week has been unbelievably tense and high strung for the people in Boston and to a lesser degree for everyone else in the country. With the city on lock down for nearly the entire day thanks to the authorities finding the two bombers from Monday they were able to flush them out and create a man hunt for one of them that lasted the entire day which is why the Penguins/Bruins game was not played last night as it was supposed to.
The entire city of Boston was put on lock down and people were told not to leave their house. As someone who was not in Boston I was on the edge of my seat watching the news but I can't imagine what it would have been like for those people who have been going through this for an entire week. Last night as the night came to a close the lock down was lifted and people were permitted to go back outside but no more than 30 minutes after it was lifted there were shots fired that led to a few hours where there was very little information being public but it was believed to be the second suspect.
At the end of the night it was the second suspect and he was taken alive. I have no idea how he is alive and thanks to some thermal imaging and a heads up home owner they were able to capture him and really let the city relax for the first time in a while. It was an awesome feeling. I really didn't think the Penguins would be able to play this game if the guy wasn't caught but he was and the game will go on as it was intended to after the reschedule.
This game today is going to be amazingly emotional. Through this entire situation everyone had their minds on Boston and sports were an afterthought and if you did watch them or follow them it was a nice reprieve. If you watched the Bruins game that was played at TD Garden on Wednesday you saw the powerful anthem and the raw emotion from the building and I can only imagine how much more that sense is going to be in the building tomorrow.
This is going to be a hockey game but it will be the first time since Monday that the Boston fans have a chance to enjoy a game. It will be the first time those first responders and officers have had a chance to sit down. It will be a city that isn't looking over its shoulder every five seconds. There will be joy, a lot of it. There will also be some reflection as five people are no longer with us thanks to the ignorance of a few people. They might have been able to hold the city of Boston down for a week but they couldn't do it for long.
There aren't words that can be put in this post to begin to tell those law officials, federal agents, and everyone involved for how much their heroism and service are really appreciated and while we often take them for granted it is times like these where they stand up and do what they do best. So thank you everyone. Thank you for keeping the city of Boston safe and bringing this to an end about as peacefully as you can expect. We often glorify athletes and call them hero's, but they are not hero's, you are. You put your lives on the line every day without a second thought and for that we appreciate it. Enjoy today, you deserve it.
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Jarome Iginla
Brenden Morrow - Jussi Jokinen - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Brandon Sutter - Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass - Craig Adams - Beau Bennett
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Matt Niskanen - Douglas Murray
Mark Eaton - Simon Despres
Boston (26-11-5) (via DailyFaceoff)
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin
Gregory Campbell - David Krejci - Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille - Chris Kelly - Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic - Rich Peverley - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden - Dennis Seidenberg
Dougie Hamilton - Adam McQuaid
Season Series (Penguins lead 2-0-0)
March 17, 2013 - Pittsburgh 2, Boston 1
March 12, 2013 - Pittsburgh 3, Boston 2 The Stats