Tonawanda News — In the shootout, Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and Marchand missed for Boston. Buffalo’s first two shooters, Vanek and Nathan Gerbe, also were stopped before Stafford beat Anton Khudobin.
“You can see the passion that they played with and the passion that the fans had,” Hodgson said. “I thought that we had to rise to the occasion.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien wants the passion to be present for every game.
“It’s not about trying to make this city proud of your team tonight, but every night,” he said.
Paille beat Miller after Kelly passed the puck from the left corner. Paille lifted it from about 5 feet into a narrow space between the near post and Miller’s right shoulder.
The crowd cheered: “Let’s go Boston. We are Boston.”
Vanek tied the game when he tipped Christian Ehrhoff’s shot from just in front of the blue line past Khudobin.
Then Kelly and Paille teamed up again. Paille had the puck in the left corner and passed it across the slot. Kelly shot it over the left pad of Miller, who had sprawled to try to stop Paille’s pass.
NOTES: Bruins scoring leader Marchand, and Bergeron, who is tied for second on the team in points, returned from concussions. Marchand missed two games. Bergeron sat out six. ... Vanek had three goals and two assists in Boston on Jan. 31 in a 7-4 win over the Bruins. ... Kelly’s goal was the 100th of his NHL career. ... Players from both teams wore “Boston Strong” decals on their helmets.