Bruins fans show unwavering support, Dynamo wins second straight Gagarin Cup

"For here all are one and our hearts are true and the towers on the heights heach the heavens' own blue. For Boston, for Boston, 'till the echoes ring again."-Dropkick Murphys (Y.Sawa/Wikimedia Commons)

“For here all are one and our hearts are true and the towers on the heights heach the heavens’ own blue. For Boston, for Boston, ’till the echoes ring again.”-Dropkick Murphys (Y.Sawa/Wikimedia Commons)

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the people of Beantown showed why the city is so amazing. Despite all the terror and confusion, there were more people running towards the explosion to help anyway they could or running to the hospital to donate blood than ran away from the blast, proving the strength, bravery and resilience of humanity far outweighs the darkness of a few. The people of Boston reminded us no tragedy will ever cripple us and any attempts to do so will only make us stronger. Thank you Boston.

The Bruins were originally scheduled to play the Ottawa Senators that night, but that matchup has been pushed back to April 28. Last night the Bruins faced the Buffalo Sabres in the first major sporting event since the tragedy and it was an emotional night for all in a 3-2 shootout loss that clinched a playoff spot for the Bruins for the sixth consecutive season. Kevin Paul Dupont of The Boston Globe has the story of the emotional return of Boston sports.

From Dupont:

The evening fast developed as one part hockey game and equal part city statement of patriotism and pride.

“BOSTON’’ read one sign in the front row of the upper bowl, directly behind the net the Bruins defended in the first and third periods. “Beacon Of Strength That Overcomes Negativity.’’

‘’When I was leaving the house,’’ said Lynnfield resident Bill Glowik, sitting in the upper bowl with 15-year-old son Zachary a half-hour before puck drop, “my wife said to me, ‘Are you sure it’s a good idea going there tonight? Do you really think it’s safe?’ I said, yeah, I’m sure. I think the Garden is the safest place in the world we could be tonight.’’

 Clearly there’s nothing that can keep Boston down as many fans knew there was no way they could stay away from the game last night. More from Dupont:

“I had to be in the building tonight,’’ said Waltham’s Greg Penta, a longtime season ticket-holder. “I mean, what choice do you have? It’s a Boston statement, you know, ‘Here we are, look at us, everyone wants to be here and no matter what, we’re not just going away.’ ’’

Here is what Bruins coach Claude Julien had to say. More from Dupont:

“You try and live your life in peace,’’ said Bruins coach Claude Julien, summing up what so many of us are thinking, “and there’s people that are trying to disrupt that. And the people that are trying to live their life in peace are all going to stick together. And that’s what we have here.’’

Here is the video tribute to Boston and National Anthem sung by the fans.

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Dynamo Moscow defeated Traktor Chelyabinsk 3-2 in overtime of Game 6 to capture the club’s second straight Gagarin Cup title. Alexei Tsvetkov was the hero, beating Traktor netminder Michael Garnett 5:57 into overtime.

Goaltender Alexander Yeryomenko was named playoff MVP after he finished with a 16-5 record with a .934 save percentage and 1.74 goals-against average. Jakub Petruzalek led the team in points with 9-7-16 in 19 games. He finished third overall behind Traktor’s Petri Kontiola (10-9-19 in 25 games) and SKA Saint Petersburg’s Viktor Tikhonov (10-9-19 in 15 games).

Dynamo’s Jakub Petruzalek led all players in the final with three goals while Dynamo’s Tsvetkov and Sergei Soin and Traktor’s Sergei Kostitsyn all had two. Denis Kokarev led all players with five assists for Dynamo while Moscow’s Ilya Gorokhov and Dominik Granak and Chelyabinsk’s Deron Quint each had four. Kokarev’s six points led all players, one more than Quint recorded.

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