Tonawanda News — BOSTON — After Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres pulled out a comeback win over the Bruins, they had one last gesture to mark the significance of Boston’s first pro game since the marathon bombings.
Players from both teams gathered at center ice and raised their sticks in a salute to the city and fans who had shouted, “We are Boston” and “USA, USA,” during the game.
The Bruins had suggested the gesture to the Sabres before Buffalo’s 3-2 shootout win Wednesday night.
“Obviously, we’re more than open to something like that,” said Miller, the starting goalie on the U.S. Olympic team in 2010. “It’s a game more about coming together and giving people here something a bit more normal today.
“I’m proud to be a part of it and just wanted to give a simple salute”
Drew Stafford scored the only shootout goal after Cody Hodgson tipped in Thomas Vanek’s pass on a power play to tie the game with 26.6 seconds left in regulation.
“Late in the game there we just wanted to make sure that we got pucks at the net and weren’t trying to be too fancy,” Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston said.
But the Bruins still clinched a playoff berth by gaining one point.
They are tied in points with Montreal atop the Northeast Division, but have one game in hand on the Canadiens. Both teams trail Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh by nine points.
There was a pregame period of silence and a slideshow of scenes from the Boston Marathon in which three people died and more than 170 were wounded when two bombs went off near the finish line on Monday.
Veteran Bruins anthem singer Rene Rancourt sang the first few words then went silent and directed the fans in a full-throated rendition.