Scotiabank Place implemented extra security measures at Tuesday night's Ottawa Senators game against the Carolina Hurricanes following Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon.
The Senators, who were in Boston at the time, all got home safely.
Extra security personnel were on site Tuesday and people were checked with metal detectors at random, according to an email from team spokesman Brian Morris.
All bags were subject to search and any bags larger than a purse weren't allowed inside. Anyone with large bags were asked to take them back to their vehicles, Morris wrote.
After a practice on Tuesday morning, players spoke to reporters about what it was like in Boston following the explosions.
"I first thought it was a joke, honestly, I thought it can't be true," said forward Guillaume Latendresse.
"I think NHL is going to have to look at the security and everything they do to make sure everybody involved in the game are safe and are ready to go … because right now I don't think anywhere in the world is safe, you never know when something can happen to you."
Ottawa was scheduled to conclude a seven-game road trip Monday night in Boston, but the NHL postponed it in the aftermath of the explosions.
The game has been rescheduled for April 28.
"It's really tragic and I was happy to see them cancel the game and focusing on all the people that needed help," said captain Daniel Alfredsson Tuesday.
"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Ottawa Senators organization are with those people affected by today's tragic events in Boston," said the team's general manager, Bryan Murray, in a statement issued Monday.
"We fully support the National Hockey League's decision to postpone tonight's game. Our entire team is safe and together."
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