Players on both teams wore "Boston Strong" decals on their helmets, and the Garden was illuminated outside in blue and yellow, the colors of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the marathon. Another thunderous cheer welcomed the first responders from the state and local police who were recognized in the second period.
Bruins players and staff collected 80 tickets to the game to donate to first responders. Marchand raffled off his own suite for the team's first playoff game, with the proceeds to go to the family of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the blast.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs pledged $100,000 to The One Fund Boston, the charity established to help families affected by the bombing; the Garden, the NHL and the players association pledged $50,000 each. Ads on the dasher boards and the video screens gave the website address for the fund.
During the game's first break, public address announcer Jim Martin asked any runners from Monday's race to stand up; many were wearing their finishers' medals. He then asked for applause for anybody who has ever run. By the time he recognized anyone who has ever volunteered or watched the race, virtually the entire crowd was standing.
"It wasn't just about hockey tonight," Boston's Patrice Bergeron said. "I guess it is something I'll remember. It's something I hope I don't have to feel that way again because it's a tragedy."
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