Last year at playoff time, I wrote about the great Philadelphia Flyers tradition of using "God Bless America" instead of the National Anthem before playoff games. It began in the 1970s when the late, great Kate Smith happened to be in town and performed the song before a Flyers playoff game, which they won. You can see that post by clicking here.
Since then, one variation has been to have the remarkable Lauren Hart sing the song as a "duet" with the taped version of Smith. They did it again Monday night, and the emotion of the past 24 hours made it a little more special. I'm rooting for Boston in this series, and was glad when they won in overtime (thanks to Tim Thomas, perhaps the best American-born goalie playing right now), but the opening of the game is pretty wonderful. Enjoy: