For the second consecutive year, the Bruins have had to play while their city has watched with heavy hearts. Multiple Bruins expressed their grief over the losses of Lt. Ed Walsh and firefighter Mike Kennedy in Wednesday’s nine-alarm fire in the Back Bay.
“I’m like everybody else,” Claude Julien  said. “I’m watching it on TV and it’s unfolding. Those kinds of things, it’s just it’s sad to see those kinds of things happen, especially when people are trying to save other people’s lives. We all know that when they take those jobs on there’s that risk but it really touches the city. This city is pretty sensitive when it comes to that stuff and very supportive of all those situations. We’re no different in here, you know, we come in this morning and guys are talking to other guys and some of the players didn’t live too far from that area as well.
“[It’s] certainly a sad tragedy to have happen. I was watching TV last night and my heart goes out to the families. You try to put yourself in their shoes and see how they have to react to that kind of news and if it happened to you how would you react, etc.”
It was nearly a year ago that the Bruins did their best to help Boston recover from the Marathon bombings. Though much of the attention was on the B’s as they made their run to the Stanley Cup  finals, the Bruins remember being in awe of their city’s resiliency.
“[It’s] not a fun thing to be part of but certainly, we’re a group here that really rallies around this city and we’re going to try and make this city feel as good as we can with our play and let them know that our thoughts and prayers are with the families,” Julien said.
Following the fire, Bruins new and old weighed in, with current Oilers captain Andrew Ference  expressing his sympathies on Twitter.
Very sad to hear about the terrible news the boys at @BostonFire  are dealing with. Some of the bravest guys I know.
On Thursday morning, Brad Marchand  expressed his gratitude for the firefighters’ bravery.
“It’s obviously very heartbreaking with what happened,” Marchand said. “They were obviously very courageous people and they saved a lot of lives. It just shows how incredible the people of our city are always trying to help each other out. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families.”