“We are Boston. We are strong.”

That was the message that the city projected on Wednesday night during an emotional pregame ceremony before the Bruins-Sabres game, the first game played in Boston since the tragic events of Monday’s Boston Marathon.

After a video montage of scenes from the marathon played on the arena’s Jumbotron, anthem singer Rene Rancourt got part of the way through “The Star-Spangled Banner” before letting the TD Garden crowd take the lead.

The end result was an unforgettable moment that can’t accurately be put into words. Watch for yourself in the video below.

Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@NHLBruins