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Bruins fans turned out in force and in a show of patriotism on Wednesday in Boston's first sporting event since the Marathon attack.
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
The highlight of the night was when national anthem singer Rene Rancourt yielded the song after just a few words to the crowd, which sang the remainder of the anthem en masse.
There was a heavy presence of police and national guard personnel at the game.
Fans went through increased points of security as they entered the arena.
Mike Adler displayed this American flag during a moment of silence before the game.
Paul Constantine was among the many fans to wave American flags during the game.
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara acknowledged a "Believe in Boston" sign during pregame warmups.
The Bruins advertised The One Fund Boston charity that officials set up to benefit the victims of the attack.
Bruins fans chanted "U-S-A" and "We are Boston" at times during the game.
After the game, which the Sabres won in a shootout, both teams took to center ice to salute the fans.
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