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


target="_blank">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,


Instagram user @quiettdog:

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And another,

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Putting the Bruins game on during a Dropkick Murphys concert is

basically the most Boston thing anyone has done.

Unfortunately, the Bruins ended up


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">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.