BOSTON (WWLP) - The Boston Bruins will host the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night at the TD Garden, for the first major sporting event in the city after Monday's bomb attacks at the Boston Marathon.
The Bruins will play in front of a sellout crowd, and according to the team's website, the players feel the game could be cathartic; an escape, for Boston fans. The team practiced Tuesday, and Wednesday, the puck drops at 7:30.
Security for the game is tight. Boston and State Police, Homeland Security and the National Guard have been posted at the Garden since Wednesday morning. Cars going into the nearby North Station garage were checked by police, and some drivers were even asked to step out of their cars.
22News spoke with fans who say they don't mind the added security.
"It'll be way different and it's scary, but don't be scared. Just go to the game and enjoy it because the Bruins are going to put a good performance on," Danny Krystyn of Charlestown said.
"With personnel going in and out, bags are going to be checked and IDs and everything. To make sure they are who they are and they are not bringing anything in, even if they are the person that's supposed to be in there," Christopher McPherson-Pine of Boston said.
"Boston Strong" decals will be on Bruins' helmets during the game. Fans say emotions are riding high and they expect the Bruins to not only play hard; but also win the game. If they do win, they'll clinch they're sixth straight trip to the playoffs.