Tonawanda News — And Gerbe, who played at Boston College, acknowledged he’s “a little nervous” about traveling to Boston.
“You’re worried because they don’t know exactly why and how and who,” Gerbe said.
General manager Darcy Regier had no concerns, and expects a heightened security presence in the city and at the arena.
“Obviously, it affects all of us, and it’s tragic and horrific. But no, I don’t have reservations. You just move forward,” Regier said. “It’s going to be pretty difficult not to think about what happened, obviously. But ultimately, we’re there to play a hockey game and focus on winning a game.”
The Sabres (18-19-6) are coming off two wins that have kept them in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. With five games left, Buffalo opened Tuesday in 10th place, four points behind the New York Rangers, who hold the eighth and final playoff spot.
The Bruins (26-11-4) also have plenty to play for, sitting a point behind Northeast Division-leading Montreal.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who is from Buffalo, expressed his sympathies to victims of the bombings in a statement released on the team’s website.
“I have no doubt that the amazing people in Boston will continue to display great strength and resiliency,” Jacobs said.
Sabres forward Steve Ott expects there to be a somber mood inside the arena in Boston.
“Obviously, it’s going to be a little bit overwhelming to start the game with heavy hearts,” Ott said. “But we’re going to go out there and try to play our hardest for the people, and at least try to put some smiles on the faces for at least a couple of hours, anyhow.”