2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Fans sing along with National Anthem before Pens/Lightning Game 1


By Brian Metzer

Just wanted to pass this along. I mentioned this moment during last night’s “Five Things…” and had been hoping that someone captured some footage of the National Anthem.

Sgt Jim Timney of the United States Army National Guard sung the anthem, but he spent the afternoon calling talk radio stations to spread the word that he wanted folks to participate. Well, when he finally got out there and started singing it didn’t seem like anyone was singing along with him… however that all changed when he pulled the mic away from his mouth and motioned with his arm towards the crowd.

The entire 18,000-plus crowd chimed in and started singing the National Anthem. Now I realize that isn’t a big deal in Canada and even some cities around the US, but I have never seen it in Pittsburgh.

It was a magical moment and one that I won’t soon forget…


About Brian Metzer

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Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Brian Metzer has been covering the Pittsburgh Penguins and National Hockey League since 2004. He is the host of Penguins Live Weekly, a show that airs Saturday mornings on 105.9 the X and iHeart Radio. He serves as the Pittsburgh Penguins correspondent for NHL Network Radio on SiriusXM, and is the NHL and Penguins correspondent for the Beaver County Times. Metzer is also a contributing writer for NHL.com and is the primary contributor for this site www.fromthepoint.com.

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  1. Evilpens

    April 14, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    HARUMPH !!!! I didn’t even get a Thank you Or Hat Tip : )

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    Brian Metzer

    April 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Sorry brother! Special thanks to Evilpens for being the first person to bring the video to my attention! Meant to include that in the blog, but got interrupted several times while working on it and omitted him! BOO on me!


    B Metz

  3. Evilpens

    April 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    No Prob Metz ! ha!

  4. Walshy

    April 15, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Just got to watch that, shivers, shivers up my spine.

    I miss the ‘Burgh.

  5. Jmw66

    April 15, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I have to say that Wednesday night ranks as one of the coolest experiences I’ve had since I started going to games in the mid 90’s. Beginning to end the crowd was great.

    I heard Sgt Jim Timney on The Fan talking about wanting everyone to join in and I hoped people would. Like Walshy, I got a shiver or two as well.

  6. Evilpens

    April 15, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Hey walshy what’s up ?

  7. Walshy

    April 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Been moving both house and work, due to this I haven’t had time to scratch myself let alone watch or write about hockey which sucks.

    I did get to watch game 1, but I’m going to miss game 2 today so that sucks.

  8. Evilpens

    April 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    BOOOO ! Hey Now I got diagnosed with SI Joint dysfunction This Sucks !! Got a cortisone shot in it & has felt a lot better but not perfect got to see the Physiatrist on May 24 & I guess I will get PT & maybe another Cortisone Shot

  9. Walshy

    April 17, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Hey Evilpens….

    Just make sure you lay off those shots as much as you can, you will be injecting a steroid into your system. Not a good thing as far as I am concerned.


    Some really really basic background on the Cortisone you will be taking, note how in a partly ‘official’ document, there are barely any side effects, do a little digging and you will find a lot more out….

    Be careful shooting up on the stuff is all I am saying…