Sabres edge Bruins as sports returns to Boston

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Updated: April 17, 2013

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Sometimes sports takes a backseat to events in
the greater world around us, but eventually the game goes on.

Just two days after the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Boston
Bruins were back on the ice in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on
Wednesday.

It was the first major sports event in the city since the tragedy, as the
Bruins had postponed their home game against Ottawa on Monday and the NBA’s
Boston Celtics had canceled their Tuesday night contest against the Indiana
Pacers.

Before Wednesday’s game, a moment of silence was held and several other events
were staged at TD Garden to honor the victims and city, including longtime
Boston singer Rene Rancourt leading the crowd in a rendition of the “Star
Spangled Banner”.

On the final attempt of the shootout, Drew Stafford buried a wrister past
Anton Khudobin to give the Sabres a big two points in their attempt to get
into the postseason.

Following the goal, both teams took to the ice and raised their sticks to the
crowd in a final salute of the night.

Thomas Vanek and Cody Hodgson each scored a goal while Ryan Miller stopped 41
shots for the Sabres, who have won three straight and six of eight.

With 44 points, Buffalo sits just two back of the New York Rangers and
Winnipeg Jets for the final spot in the Eastern Conference with four games to
play. New York has six games left while Winnipeg has five and the Sabres host
the Rangers on Friday.

Despite the loss, Boston clinched a playoff spot for a sixth straight season
and also moved into a tie with Montreal for first place in the Northeast
Division and second overall in the conference. Boston has a game in hand on
Montreal, also.

Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille each posted a goal and an assist while Khudobin
made 30 stops for the Bruins, who have dropped three straight for the first
time this season.

Buffalo trailed by a goal late in the game, but got a power play when Andrew
Ference was called for delay of game after flipping the puck over the glass
and with Miller pulled, the team skated 6-on-4.

Holding the puck along the left boards, Vanek threw a pass out front that was
tipped into the net by Hodgson to tie the game with 26.6 seconds to play.

Khudobin made five stops in overtime while Miller posted four saves to send
the game to a shootout.

Boston scored 5:45 in when a centering pass from Kelly from the left corner
was banged in by Paille, but the Sabres tied the game on the power play with
1:40 to play in the first as a Christian Ehrhoff shot from the high slot was
tipped in by Vanek.

The Bruins took a 2-1 lead with 5:12 to play in the second after Kelly flipped
the puck over a prone Miller for his third of the year.

Game Notes

Boston welcomed back Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, both of whom had been
out with concussions … Boston hosts Pittsburgh on Friday … Buffalo took
three of the five games against Boston this season … Buffalo was 2-for-6 on
the power play while Boston failed in its two chances.