For the first time since Monday, the country could breathe a sigh of relief. As Jim Cornelison sang the National Anthem at the United Center on Friday, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody.
It was a moment that provided relief, comfort and an overwhelming feeling of pride as the crowd roared in support of their country. The puck dropped and the game went on, and it wasn't until after the Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime win that both teams learned the news.
"He was caught?" asked Predators forward and Massachusetts native Bobby Butler. "I just got the chills. That's good, that makes the day even better, except we didn't get the win. But they found him."
Throughout the week, people across the country found ways to show their support after such a horrific tragedy. Butler honored his home state by writing "Pray for Boston" on his skate earlier that morning.
Playing in support of those who were suffering provided extra motivation for a team without much left to play for.
"I had a little extra jump in my stride," he said. "Just kind of looked at it before the game and just went out and played."
Butler's extra motivation kept his team in it, as he recorded a goal and an assist for Nashville. But it wasn't enough to hold off the Blackhawks, who continue on their quest as the league's No. 1 team.
“I'd say we've made strides as the season has gone along every single week," Jonathan Toews said following his team's overtime win. "Of course we know we’re a better team than we were earlier in the season, but at the same time we’re up against better opponents, too. The talk has been that we want to keep improving every single game and turn ourselves into that playoff type team that we want to come postseason and we’re doing that.
"Tonight maybe our pace, our speed, wasn’t quite there at times but we still made some smart plays and found a way to come out with the two points. We’ll be happy with that and we have another one tomorrow night so hopefully we’ll be better.”