OTTAWA -- A week ago Monday, the Carolina Hurricanes were the visiting team in Boston.
For the Canes, it would be a normal game day. They played the Boston Bruins at TD Garden and flew home. Strictly routine.
Tonight, the Canes face the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. For the Sens, this Monday was anything but normal after the tragic circumstances at the Boston Marathon and the bombings that left three dead and at least 176 injured. They were the visiting team in town, the team suddenly in the middle of it all.
"You really feel for the victims and their families," Canes captain Eric Staal said today. "It's sad to see and scary to think you can go to a sporting event and something like that can happen. Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the families and their friends who are dealing with these things."