Hockey rocks band’s performance

Chances are if you’re from Boston or have ever attended a
sporting event in Boston, you’ve heard of Dropkick Murphys
— even if you don’t know them by name.

The celtic punk band has been around for nearly two decades and
their song, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” is
regularly blasted at sporting events around their hometown. It is
something of a rallying cry for the City on a Hill, and they even
performed it live at the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park:

 

Anyway, the members of Dropkick Murphys, as you might expect,
are big fans of the Boston Bruins, and Wednesday night they ran
into a bit of a predicament.

The band was scheduled to headline a show at The Paramount, in
Long Island, N.Y., but the Bruins were playing the Chicago
Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the same time. No
problem, though — they figured they’d just wait it out
and take the stage after the game ended:

 

The plan hit a little snag, however, when Chicago’s Johnny
Oduya tied the game at 3-3 with his goal 12:14 into the third
period — the puck nearly went in at
10:30 p.m. ET on the dot — eventually
sending the contest into overtime.

At that point, the band didn’t have much choice but to hit
the stage, despite the game not being over. But fortunately, the
venue had their back, and put the game up on two large projection
screens on either side of the stage:

Here’s a photo of the setup,
via
Instagram user @quiettdog
:


And another,
via Twitter user @MattSpeed:

 

Putting the Bruins game on during a Dropkick Murphys concert is
basically the most Boston thing anyone has done.

Unfortunately, the Bruins ended up
losing in triple-overtime, which certainly
probably killed the buzz — though at that point the show may
have already been over.

It bears noting that earlier Wednesday afternoon, the band
announced that it was
postponing its Saturday tour stop in Toronto
because lead singer Al Barr is undergoing a medical procedure.

It sounds like a legitimate enough excuse, but at this point,
you can’t help but wonder if maybe they just wanted to make
sure they were free for Game 2.