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Brian Lawlor and Katie Clark of Medford stood out on the concourse in their running gear. They both ran the marathon for the Boston Bruins Foundation and wore their Bruins race singlets, marathon jackets, and finisher’s medals. Lawlor added his race number. Bruins fans passing by stopped to congratulate him.

"You’re not going to instill terror for us," said Lawlor, who was stopped a half-mile from the finish line and spent a panicked 90 minutes trying to reach his parents, who were waiting for him on Boylston Street not far from where the bombs went off. "We’ll be there for the 118th Boston Marathon. I’m going to run."

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Bruins return home, lose to Sabres 3-2 in shootout

After Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres pulled out a comeback win over the Bruins, they had one last gesture to mark the significance of Boston’s first pro game since the marathon bombings.

Players from both teams gathered at center ice and raised their sticks in a salute to the city and fans who had shouted, “We are Boston” and “USA, USA,” during the game.

The Bruins had suggested the gesture to the Sabres before Buffalo’s 3-2 shootout win Wednesday night.

“Obviously, we’re more than open to something like that,” said Miller, the starting goalie on the U.S. Olympic team in 2010. “It’s a game more about coming together and giving people here something a bit more normal today.

“I’m proud to be a part of it and just wanted to give a simple salute”

Drew Stafford scored the only shootout goal after Cody Hodgson tipped in Thomas Vanek’s pass on a power play to tie the game with 26.6 seconds left in regulation.

“Late in the game there we just wanted to make sure that we got pucks at the net and weren’t trying to be too fancy,” Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston said.

But the Bruins still clinched a playoff berth by gaining one point.

They are tied in points with Montreal atop the Northeast Division, but have one game in hand on the Canadiens. Both teams trail Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh by nine points.

— The Associated Press

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On Patriots Day, Christopher Walsh had his own marathon planned, going from the Red Sox game to the marathon finish line to the Bruins game that was scheduled. He left the Sox game early and headed to the marathon. He was near Kenmore Square cheering runners as they entered the final mile when the bombs went off. He wore an American flag, over a Bruins jersey and a Red Sox cap, to the game.

"I wanted to be as respectful as possible," Walsh said of his decision to wear the flag. "Bruins fans show their colors of black and gold, but we are all red, white, and blue. Nothing could stop us from coming to our stadium. This is our city. Boston is strong."

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