A little joy has come to Boston. The Boston Bruins hosted the first sporting event in the city since Monday's bombings. But it wasn't the game that made the evening, it was the opening.
Rene Rancourt, the iconic anthem singer, led the emotional crowd in a tearful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner -- many smiled, some cheered, but most simply wept.
Rancourt began singing the national anthem then let the crowd take over. He conducted the soulful chorus of 17,565 in one of Boston's most memorable moments.
Instead of the usual chant, "Let's go Bruins," the crowd chimed "Let's go Boston," which quickly segued into "We are Boston!"
"From the time you walked in, you could actually feel the energy," Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said. "The people here have always been amazing. It was another level tonight."
"I was definitely fighting back tears," Bruins forward Brad Marchand said in response to a tribute video that was played.
The Bruins lost the game 3-2, but the moment showed just how much Bostonians love their city and country.