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(BOSTON) — DrewStafford scored the game winner in the shootout, as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Boston Bruins in the first major professional sports game to be played in Boston since the tragic marathon bombings.
The Bruins were up by one when they were called for a penalty with 48 seconds to go in the game. The Sabres pulled goalie Ryan Miller giving them a six on four advantage leading to Cody Hodgson’s game tying goal with 26.6 seconds to go.
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller made 41 saves in the win.
As for the scene at the TD Garden, the Bruins started by holding a moment of silence and putting together a montage of scenes from the marathon on the jumbotron. After that, Rene Rancourt started singing the National Anthem, but soon was overtaken by the entire crowd who stood together and sang till the end. The fans continued with their support all night chanting “We are Boston” and “USA, USA.”
When the game finished players from both teams stood in the middle of the ice with their sticks held high honoring Boston.
“It’s tough to keep a dry eye out there,” Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said after the game.” The memorial on the big screen and to hear the crowd singing like that is pretty special.”
Buffalo (19-19-6, 44pts) is now two points behind the New York Rangers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins (26-11-5, 57pts) clinched a playoff spot with the one point they earned.