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Spin around the Web: World reacts to Sabres-Bruins game

Accompanied by the Boston Fire Departrment Honor Guard, Rene Rancourt kicks off the emotional national anthem. (Getty Images)

By Mike Harrington


If you haven't already done so, be sure to check John Vogl's post from earlier this morning with links to his reports from last night's game in Boston and videos of all the emotional moments surrounding the Sabres' shootout win.

Taking a quick spin around the Web today, I found several other stories that are good reads.

---In the Boston Globe, Buffalo booster and Wegmans lover Kevin Paul Dupont (whose wife is a WNYer) penned a terrific lead column on the scene. Wrote Dupont. "It was a night to remember, a hope to hold dear, only some 48 hours after the afternoon we all wish could be chased from memory."

---Anthem singer Rene Rancourt, a legend at the old and new Garden for 35 years, said in an interview this morning on WEEI Radio in Boston, that the anthem will rate as the most memorable one of his career. Bruins officials suggested the crowd-led anthem in part because Rancourt said he was concerned he wouldn't be able to sing the song all the way due to his emotions. But he was wondering if the crowd would sing for him. No issues. 

"It was wonderful," Rancourt said. "The sound was carrying me, lifting me up in the room. It was just something indescribable."

---In the Boston Herald, Stephen Harris said last night's anthem rates with the one at old Chicago Stadium prior to the 1991 NHL All-Star Game at the start of the Persian Gulf war. Our late, great friend Jim Kelley once told me that was the most memorable national anthem he had ever witnessed in his career.

Relive that one here. Wild.

---My good friend of the Inside Pitch blog, FOX Sports national baseball writer Jon Paul Morosi, is a Harvard grad and a big hockey fan (OK, so he likes the Leafs. We excuse him). He checked in on the Red Sox Tuesday in Cleveland and then made his way back to his collegiate haunt for a moving piece that started with Rancourt's fan-led anthem.

---At, S.L. Price has a wondrous look through some fans eyes. He ends his piece with "Go Bruins." Plenty of folks around hockey thinking that way now, much like the Yankees were the people's choice in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks.

---At, Scott Burnside has his chat with Bruins' fans about the meaning of the night. A more interesting read from Burnside is how he points out the Sabres' win is another example of fools' gold for the troubled franchise, and how he mirrors previous suggestions of Bucky Gleason that Pat LaFontaine might be a good candidate to help turn things around.


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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