Buffalo (WKBW) An emotional night in Boston ended with a big win for the Buffalo Sabres. Drew Stafford scored the only goal in the shootout to knock off the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Wednesday night. The game was the first major sporting event in Boston since the marathon bombings on Monday.
The Sabres trailed 2-1 in the third period when Cody Hodgson scored with on the power play with just 26.6 seconds remaining to force overtime. Thomas Vanek has the assist on the goal which came with the net empty in the Buffalo end. Vanek also scored his 17th goal of the season in the first period.
Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly scored for the Bruins.
The Buffalo victory moved the Sabres within two points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sabres host the New York Rangers on Friday night.
Before the game the Bruins held an emotional moment of silence to honor the victims of Monday's attack. The crowd at the TD Garden then sang the National Anthem in unison in touching display of unity.
Bruins and Sabres players then met at center ice to salute the fans in attendance following the game.