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Wednesday in Boston ‘more than just another game’ for Bruins

Apr 18, 2013, 12:10 AM EDT

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The Boston Bruins clinched a playoff spot and moved into top spot in the Northeast Division on Wednesday thanks to the single point that resulted from a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.

But the Bruins, perhaps more so than ever before, were playing for the people of Boston, just two days removed from the Boston Marathon bombings.

The night included honoring the victims of Monday’s tragedy, as well as first responders.

There was an emotional soliloquy from NHL on NBC play-by-play man Mike “Doc” Emrick prior to the game and a video tribute ‘We are Boston, we are strong.’

“It was a pretty emotional start,” Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference told “I think me and [Dennis Seidenberg] were over besides each other, especially during the anthem, I think just trying to hold it together a bit. It was pretty awesome hearing everybody sing like that. And obviously the emotions were pretty high.

“We all knew that tonight was more than just another game. It meant a lot to people as another step [in the healing process] and it was no different for us on the ice trying to have some remembrance of the last couple days but also move on as well to getting back to business in this city.

“It was tough. It was really tough. The first shift I think everybody was pretty choked up. I can’t remember being that emotional on the ice except for the last few seconds when we won the Cup (in 2011). I think that was the only equal as far as emotions.”

  1. Stiller43 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    It was pretty awesome to hear the whole crowd sing the anthem before the gamd and to see both teams salute the crowd after the game.

    Loved the periodic U-S-A chants!!!

  2. bensawesomeness - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Very Classy of the Sabers to salute the fans after the game

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Good to see everyone coming together after such a tragic incident. No matter what fan or what jersey was worn. Major respects to Buffalo for wearing the stickers on the helmets and saluting the crowd.

  4. buffalomafia - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Salut’! To the city of Boston!

    Salut’! To the Bruins & Sabres!

    The coolest and most heart felt moment of the game is when the Boston crowd sang the national anthem really loud so the whole world can hear! Cheers!

  5. xjokerz - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Love when people get patriotic for a week after something bad happens …

    • ienjoysensi - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      What a idiotic comment .

    • slickdemetrius - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      I know how you feel and perhaps you just worded it a little derisively.

      Remember after Sept 11 when the country came together in remarkable fashion? Those from opposite ends politically, socially and religiously rallied in unity. Yet within a year we start hearing conspiracy theories that Bush did it, Cheney did it, the Jews did it (because 100000 Jews in NYC all took that day off) and rubbish like that. There were university professors suggesting we deserved it for historical misdeeds committed elsewhere and many backed these views.

      Now it seems unfashionable to display patriotism for fear of being labelled a racist or small-minded. I suppose now-a-days it has just become a coping mechanism after a disaster, man-made or natural.

  6. pone27 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    No one must have wished you a happy birthday as a kid…

    As a NYer (even though a hawks fan, but am a huge knicks and yanks fan), and battle on a consistent basis with Boston fans, things like this deserve for the “hate” to step aside and support each other.

    At the end of the day, we are all Americans. We don’t need to be “Patriotic” every day. Any NYer will tell you we still feel effects of 9/11, whether its questioning a person, flying in a plane, or taking a train.

    Stay strong Boston, and don’t live in fear. We live in the safest country in the world.

  7. footballfan - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    I love it when people give terrorists a swift kick in the balls. You may knock us down but never out!! Hats off to the people of Boston!!

    • 8man - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      It’s been a tough week. That made me laugh. Thanks.

  8. sjsharks66 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:12 AM


    It is not about being patriotic for a week. It is about showing courage and brotherhood/sisterhood with one another in the face of evil.
    It is about coming together as a country to show whoever did this or did anything in the past it wont ruin our lives or our country.

    You tool

  9. mcmurphy22 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    As a bruins fan from Boston, who was at the marathon on Monday I have to say the Bruins organization, along with the rest of the sports World, including rivals like the Yankees, Habs, and Chicago, who have shown support throughout means the world to us. Its been a crazy few days, just now taking the T and coasting by Copley station which is still closed is haunting. Thank you to everyone whos supported the city in this time of tragedy, as sports fans, Americans, or human beings. Love from Boston.

  10. salspikes - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    As a born and raised New Yorker, like most people in NYC we really dislike all the Boston Teams. But in real life, my heart goes out to all the people in the Boston Area. They showed tremendous resolve, and it was a Great, Great, tribute the way your fans sang in unisome, our National Anthem. I was at the Yankee game the other night and I was never more proud to sing Sweet Caroline, in honor of the hated Red Sox. Boston stay strong , you will overcome just as we did. I hope the Bruins and the Rangers meet in the Conference finals. God Bless America, and Boston.

  11. salspikes - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Laughter is always good in these difficult times. Now maybe if the Rangers can beat the lousy Panthers we can meet in the playoffs

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