Nearly 90 minutes before game time Wednesday night, a black and gold line stretched from TD Garden’s west entrance around one corner of the O’Neill Federal Building. It was a mass of Bruins fans, all wearing their favorite player’s jersey and treasured team paraphernalia. They came early for Wednesday night’s game between the Bruins and Buffalo Sabres. They didn’t want to miss any of the action because of increased arena security, especially not the national anthem. As police officers walked by the line, fans took pride in showing Boston’s strength and exercising the freedom to watch the city’s beloved hockey team.
“I was born and raised here,” said Paul Fitzgerald of Whitman, who was at the game with his daughter, Taylor. “There’s a lot of pride. I want everyone to know you haven’t beaten us. You’ve just pissed us off.”