Tonawanda News — “It was extremely emotional,” Boston’s Brad Marchand said. “I was fighting back tears.”
The 10th-place Sabres, who beat Philadelphia and Tampa Bay last weekend, are fighting to get into playoff position. They are two places and two points below the postseason cutoff, but have only four games to go.
“We have a chance to just write our own story,” Miller said. “We have to win our own hockey games and maybe get some help along the way. Tonight we helped ourselves a little bit and we still have games against teams ahead of us (in the standings).”
There was heightened security at TD Garden where cars entering the garage were searched, and fans were checked with wands and patted down.
The Bruins quickly gave their fans something to cheer about when Daniel Paille scored his ninth goal of the season just 5:15 in. Vanek tied it with his Buffalo-leading 17th goal on a power play at 18:20 of the first. Chris Kelly then scored the go-ahead goal, his third tally of the season, at 14:48 of the second.
“We wanted to go out there and win that hockey game. I’m disappointed that we didn’t,” Kelly said. “We wanted to give the city something to be happy about.”
Boston moved into second place in the Eastern Conference with 57 points and six games left. The Canadiens, who lost to Pittsburgh earlier Wednesday, have five games remaining.
The Bruins had been scheduled to play at home against the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. But less than five hours before the game was to start, the bombs exploded.
That game was postponed and rescheduled for April 28. The Celtics’ scheduled home game on Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers was cancelled and won’t be rescheduled. The Red Sox play next at home on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals.