BOSTON (WIVB) - With emotions flowing, the Bruins and Sabres played the first game since Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon. A late rally for Buffalo may have saved the team's season, with a 3-2 shootout win tonight.
Prior to the game, the Bruins honored those affected by Monday's tragedy. Both teams wore decals carrying the phrase "Boston Strong." A video montage carried the same message.
The entire crowd joined in to sing the National Anthem, giving goosebumps even to the television audience.
Once the two teams hit the ice, Boston quickly took the led on Daniel Paille's goal.
Buffalo evened the score at 1-1 when Thomas Vanek re-directed Christian Ehrhoff's shot on the power play. The goal was Vanek's 17th of the season.
Boston regained the lead late in the second period on Chris Kelly's goal.
That 2-1 advantage held strong until the final minute of regulation. With an empty net at the other end, Cody Hodgson tipped in a Vanek pass to tie the game at 2-2 with just 26 seconds remaining.
After a scoreless overtime period, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout. Drew Stafford found the net to clinch the victory on Buffalo's third attempt.
The 3-2 win gives the Sabres a much-needed two points. Buffalo now sits just two points behind both the Rangers and Winnipeg in the quest for the 8th and final playoff spot. The Sabres host the Rangers this Friday.
After the game, both teams took center ice and raised their sticks, saluting the Boston crowd that has been through so much over the past few days.
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