After early thoughts that the game could be canceled, the team left Buffalo Tuesday for beleaguered Boston, and a hotel a few blocks from the site of carnage at the marathon finish line.
"It hits home harder when you recognize a place.. it stick's with you," Sabres forward Thomas Vanek says.
Sabres Head Coach Ron Rolston has been a coach at both Harvard and Boston College, living in Boston through those years. But he says security and risk are not things you can - nor likely should- think about during a game .
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Still, other effects of Monday's explosions could be seen quickly, such as bomb-sniffing dogs sweeping the arena before the doors opened for an NHL game in Nashville between the Predators and Canucks that night, and armed police officers posted in front of each dugout at the Padres-Dodgers baseball game in Los Angeles.
Fans arriving early for the Bruins' canceled Monday night game were met by police who were in the area to secure the arena and a nearby federal building. One officer outside the players' parking lot was telling spectators, "The game is canceled. We need you to exit the city safely and quickly."
Moments later, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara drove out of the lot, and not long after that the Senators' team bus left down a side ramp. Police were searching all bags and people entering the train station below the Bruins' arena.
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Two fans embrace while singing "Sweet Caroline" as a tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions after the third inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
The song by Neil Diamond has been a longtime fixture as a fan sing-along during the bottom of the eighth inning of Boston Red Sox games. Normal rivalry would mean Yankee fans wouldn't sing it, and certainly not in NYC
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(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The Los Angeles Clippers pause for a moment of silence for the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon before their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
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