In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston
Bruins will try to help the city forget about the tragic events for
at least a few hours.
Two days after their game was postponed following the
explosions, the Bruins return to the ice to host the Buffalo Sabres
on Wednesday night.
Boston (26-11-4) was scheduled to meet Ottawa on Monday night at
TD Garden, but the NHL postponed that game after two bombs exploded
near the finish line of the marathon earlier in the day, killing
three people and injuring more than 170.
The league said it “wishes to express its sympathy to all
affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier
The Bruins now get back to the business of hockey, and they have
plenty to play for. Along with trying to help a wounded city heal,
Boston is on the verge of securing a playoff spot and sits one
point behind Northeast Division-leading Montreal.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs expressed his sympathies to victims
of the bombings in a statement released on the team’s website.
“I have no doubt that the amazing people in Boston will continue
to display great strength and resiliency,” Jacobs said. “We will be
there to offer our support in any way that we can in the wake of
The Bruins will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after
falling 4-2 at Carolina on Saturday. The Hurricanes entered the
game on a seven-game skid, but Boston allowed them to score twice
on the power play after killing 17 of 18 penalties in its previous
“We had some brain cramps out there,” coach Claude Julien said.
“The mistakes we made were not helpful – two power-play goals.
Those are things we’re dealing with right now.”
Buffalo (18-19-6) is dealing with trying to move into the top
eight in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres have won two straight
and five of seven as they make a late-season playoff push.
On Tuesday, though, that talk was placed on the backburner as
players and Sabres officials were instead expressing sorrow,
sympathy and dismay in the wake of the tragic events.
“Life’s way more important than hockey,” forward Nathan Gerbe
said. “I think everyone in the world feels their pain. It’s
And Gerbe, who played at Boston College, acknowledged he’s “a
little nervous” about traveling to Boston.
“You’re worried because they don’t know exactly why and how and
who,” Gerbe said. “I don’t know if I’m going to go out walking in
the city or not. I’ll probably just stay in the hotel and
General manager Darcy Regier had no concerns, and expects a
heightened security presence in the city and at the arena.
“Obviously, it affects all of us, and it’s tragic and horrific.
But no, I don’t have reservations. You just move forward,” Regier
said. “It’s going to be pretty difficult not to think about what
happened, obviously. But ultimately, we’re there to play a hockey
game and focus on winning a game.”
Sabres forward Steve Ott expects there to be a somber mood
inside the arena.
“Obviously, it’s going to be a little bit overwhelming to start
the game with heavy hearts,” Ott said. “But we’re going to go out
there and try to play our hardest for the people, and at least try
to put some smiles on the faces for at least a couple of hours,
These teams have split four meetings this season, with Buffalo
winning 7-4 in the only matchup in Boston on Jan. 31 as Thomas
Vanek had three goals and two assists.