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Before puckdrop versus the Blackhawks on Thursday, the Bruins and the TD Garden crowd honored the two Boston Fire Department firemen who lost their lives battling a rampaging fire in the Back Bay on Wednesday afternoon.

Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Michael R. Kennedy were killed in the line of duty, and 13 other BFD firemen were injured battling the nine-alarm blaze.

The Bruins Organization did their best to honor the lives of the fallen heroes, offering a moment of silence and spotlighting the BFD logo on the Garden ice as Rene Rancourt sang the national anthem.

The Bruins players skated in the pregame warmup with BFD hats, and goalie Tuukka Rask wore a beanie on-top of his mask.


The 50/50 raffle was also done in memory of Walsh and Kennedy, with the proceeds going to the families of the two fallen firemen.

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Leading into the NESN broadcast, Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley provided some great commentary on the subject, putting in a kind word honoring the lives of the two men, and reminding everyone that the real heroes are the ones fighting for our safety everyday, not the ones skating on the ice.

 

The Bruins have always done their best to provide support and be a beacon of healing for tragedy, as was evident in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last April.

Even though it's just a sport, the Bruins provide a therapeutic release from the sorrow and heartache for the families affected by such a terrible tragedy. Hopefully the game tonight gave those most affected a brief moment to take their minds off their sadness.

[photos via ESPN.com]

Mark Burke 3/27/2014 11:29:00 PM Edit

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