It was an emotional night over at the Garden on Wednesday as the Bruins played host to the Sabres in Boston’s first big event since the tragedy that took place at the Boston Marathon. The Bruins had a 2-1 lead, but with under a minute left in the third period Cody Hodgson scored for Buffalo to tie things up and went on to win it in a shootout.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk spoke with Toucher & Rich about the atmosphere in the Garden Wednesday night, the loss to the Sabres and Swedish star Carl Soderberg joining the team for his first practice.
Garden legend Rene Rancourt took his usual spot in the corner of the rink for the national anthem at Wednesday night’s game. The 17,500 fans in attendance joined in and sang the anthem along with Rancourt.
“It was probably one of the best things that I’ve seen being in Boston, just everybody coming together and singing the anthem. Even when you played it this morning it still sends chills down my spine because it was something special and it was great to see,” Boychuk said.
At the end of the game both the Bruins and Sabres went to center ice and saluted fans by raising their sticks.
The guys moved on to discuss the game and the delay of game penalty on Andrew Ference at the end of the game that led to the Sabres game-tying goal. Buffalo went on to win in a shootout thanks to a Drew Stafford goal.
In a game filled with so much emotion was it an anticlimactic ending? Plus, what’s the point of the delay of game penalty? Should it be more of a judgment call instead of an automatic penalty?
Also, Swedish star Carl Soderberg has finally joined the Bruins and skated with the team in his first practice. How was he being used in practice and what could he add to this team?