Boston fans mourn, then cheer as sports return

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Members of the Boston Bruins watch a tribute on the jumbrotron from the Boston Marathon prior to a game against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

BOSTON - Emerging from a moment of silence with a deafening cheer, fans at Wednesday night's Bruins game at TD Garden against Buffalo have paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with a stirring national anthem and a thunderous chant of "U.S.A.!"

The sold-out crowd at the first major sporting event in the city since Monday's attack lined up for metal-detecting wands and random car inspections to get into the TD Garden. Players and the crowd watched a somber video with scenes from the race -- ending with the words, "We are Boston, We are Strong."

Longtime Boston Garden troubadour Rene Rancourt sang the first few lines of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and then allowed the crowd to carry the tune as he pumped his fist to keep time.

The Boston Fire Department Honor Guard also brought out the U.S. flag to honor the first responders who rushed to the aid of the three killed and more than 170 injured by the twin bombs at the marathon finish line.

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