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Patriotism runs high at the Boston Bruins hockey game

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Boston Bruins Dennis Seidenberg observes a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings before the start of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., on April 17, 2013. This is the first sporting event to be held in Boston after the explosions that killed three and injured more than one hundred at the Boston Marathon.

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A Bruin fans shows her support for the efforts of the Boston police and firefighters before a game Wednesday night.

Just two days after the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon, hockey fans gathered at the city’s TD Garden to cheer for their team.

Attendees accepted and dealt with heightened security as they entered the building and made way to their seats, and the crowd cheered as the color guard brought the flag onto the ice.

Then, thousands of voices joined together for one of the most powerful renditions of the national anthem you’ll ever hear. Play this NBC Sports video to see it happen.


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A fan wearing a United States flag raises his arms to be checked on the way into TD Garden prior to the game.