Former Gopher Thomas Vanek and the Buffalo Sabres were involved in an emotional game last night against the Boston Bruins with the contest marking the first organized sporting event in Boston since Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon.
And as John Vogl of the Buffalo News writes:
"The first sporting event in Boston since two explosions devastated Marathon Monday did exactly what it was supposed to do Wednesday. It created an enjoyable diversion for a grieving city that is eager to return to normalcy."
Buffalo rallied from one-goal deficits twice on Wednesday before scoring the game winner in a 3-2 shootout win. Vanek factored into both regulation goals for the Sabres with impressive plays, scoring a power-play goal late in the first to make it 1-1 and then assisting on Cody Hodgson's game-tying, power-play goal with 27 seconds left in the third period. The former Gopher now leads Buffalo in goals (17), assists (19) and points (36)
Here's a look at Vanek's power-play goal from last night.
And his primary assist on the late, game-tying goal to force overtime: