BOSTON - Emerging from a moment of silence with a deafening cheer, fans at the Bruins-Sabres NHL game paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with a stirring national anthem and a thunderous chant of "U.S.A.!"
The sold-out crowd at the first major sporting event in Boston since Monday's attack lined up for metal-detecting wands and random car inspections to get into the TD Garden.
The Boston Fire Department Honor Guard brought out the U.S. flag to honor the first responders who rushed to the aid of the three killed and more than 170 injured by the twin bombs at the marathon finish line.
Longtime Boston Garden troubadour Rene Rancourt took his place for the "Star-Spangled Banner." But he sang only the first few lines, allowing the crowd to carry the tune while he pumped his fist to keep time.