Bruins proud after seeing 'live heroism' Friday night

Bruins proud after seeing 'live heroism' Friday night
April 20, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Boston Bruins sat glued to their TV’s and watched Friday’s events unfold just like everybody else.

“I was missing there watching on TV just like everybody else. It was pretty suspenseful. For a bit I just watched some golf just to get away from it for a while, but I kept checking in for updates,” said Shawn Thornton. “I’m pretty proud of the people that tracked him down, and closed this chapter for now.”

The entire city of Boston and its neighboring suburbs were on lockdown for the entire morning and afternoon on Friday as they searched for the final surviving terrorist bombing suspect. There was a sense of relief when 19-year-old Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev was captured on Friday night while hiding inside a boat in the backyard of a Watertown home.

But there was also a beaming sense of pride at the Boston Police Department, State Police, FBI, Homeland Security, ATF and local police personnel that banded together for a relentless manhunt that ended with the cowardly terrorist suspect being brought in alive.

Mixed with that was the overwhelming sense of heartbreak at the four lives lost as a result of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing search for the two suspects over the last five days.

So it was a complex set of emotions that the Bruins players are faced with as they stand ready to play in their second emotional hockey game this week packed with relief, pride and sadness.

“I was really proud for the people that helped [the suspect] get caught, but also sad at the all of the people that were hurt,” said Andrew Ference. “It was a bad thing for our city, but hopefully this put an end on it.

“You get back to a little normalcy now, but you always have to remember the people that were hurt as a result of this. It’s a little bit of a less heavy feeling knowing that those people got to see live heroism last night. Everybody is proud of the authorities.”

Expect all Bruins, particularly guys like Ference and Thornton who make their year-round homes in Boston, to come out ready to finally turn a page on this week’s emotional ups and downs, and get back to the business of being a fiercely independent and unyielding bunch of Bostonian.