OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators returned safely to Canada's capital Monday night, but the memories of what happened in Boston earlier that day will never be forgotten.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and victims in Boston," Senators coach Paul MacLean said Tuesday. "It was sobering to be [in Boston] and kind of be involved in it, just because you were there."
The Senators' game against the Boston Bruins, scheduled for Monday at TD Garden, was postponed hours after multiple explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon resulted In three deaths and more than 140 injuries. Captain Daniel Alfredsson described the incident as he discovered what had happened, and agreed with the NHL's decision to postpone the game. It has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 28.
"It was just after 3 p.m.; I was having a snack and 'SportsCenter' was on," Alfredsson said. "They said there was an explosion and they didn't know if it was an accident or not. We went to the rink and found out it was a bomb and some people had been seriously injured. I was in shock at what had happened, and was obviously wondering what was going to happen with our game.
"I've never been concerned about something like this happening [at an arena]. We were fairly close to it. It's really tragic. I was really happy to see [the NHL] cancel the game and focus on all the people who needed help. We would have played if we were told to play, but under the circumstances, it was the right decision. It's a game, and we'll have to go back to Boston, but that won't be a problem for us."
Marc Methot was in the middle of a pregame nap when he was made aware of the incident. The defenseman spoke about reaching out to loved ones who knew he was in Boston at the time.
"Obviously none of us here have been through anything like that," Methot said. "A lot of us were napping and when we woke up, we heard. We went on our cell phones and turned on the TV, and that's when you [saw] the horrific stuff. Other than my mother and a couple of other family members who were really trying to get a hold of me, most people I let know on Facebook what was going on.
"It's one of those things you don't know how to handle. We were together the whole time and that's what mattered. It was a weird gut feeling in your stomach, knowing that it happened five minutes away from [our hotel], and the unknown of other parcels maybe being out there. I don't think any of us were very comfortable with the idea of playing. I thought it was the right decision [not to play]."
Guillaume Latendresse did not mince words while speaking with the media Tuesday. The forward said tragedies like the one in Boston will always put life into perspective.
"When those things happen, it's always a crazy day," Latendresse said. "It's always a sad day. That's when you find out that we just play hockey. There are so many things around the world that are more important than what we do. I think that what happened [Monday] was crazy. I don't think anyone on either team was ready to play, and I don't think it would be respectful to play a game on that night."