Neely: Thoughts and prayers with city of Boston

Neely: Thoughts and prayers with city of Boston
April 15, 2013, 7:30 pm
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The Bruins met with a number of groups before deciding to postpone Monday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators, and it was the proper call to make given the magnitude of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy combined with the sobering reality that the city of Boston hasn’t yet been secured by public safety officials.

The game between the Bruins and the Sens was officially postponed shortly after 6 p.m. and no date has been given for a makeup with less than two weeks remaining in the NHL regular season. Dozens of people – including spectators and runners – were wounded and two people are confirmed dead after two bombs went off on Boylston Street near the Boston Marathon finish line, according to reports of the tragic act of cowardice.

Bruins President Cam Neely issued a brief statement after the announced cancellation:

“After consultation with City, State and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight's game. Public safety personnel from the City and State are still gathering information regarding today's events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation,” said Neely. “The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Bruins organization are with the city of Boston and all those affected by today's tragedy.”

President of the United States Barack Obama addressed the nation shortly after 6 p.m. and left the people of Boston with a message that hit the right tone with so many people hurting right now: "Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I am supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together and take care of each other.”

The Bruins are expected to resume practice on Tuesday morning at their Ristuccia Arena practice facility.