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Sabres D Ruhwedel's Boston homecoming becomes secondary after marathon bombings

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    Buffalo Sabres' Chad Ruhwedel looks on during NHL hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, April 16, 2013. In the midst of a late-season playoff push, the Buffalo Sabres are expected to take time to reflect on the tragic events that shook the Boston Marathon on Monday. The attack on the marathon is prominent for the Sabres, who were preparing to travel to play the Bruins for a game on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Duprey)The Associated Press

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    Buffalo Sabres' Chad Ruhwedel looks on during NHL hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, April 16, 2013. In the midst of a late-season playoff push, the Buffalo Sabres are expected to take time to reflect on the tragic events that shook the Boston Marathon on Monday. The attack on the marathon is prominent for the Sabres, who were preparing to travel to play the Bruins for a game on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Duprey)The Associated Press

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    Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier talks with reporters after NHL hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, April 16, 2013. In the midst of a late-season playoff push, the Buffalo Sabres are expected to take time to reflect on the tragic events that shook the Boston Marathon on Monday. The attack on the marathon is prominent for the Sabres, who were preparing to travel to play the Bruins for a game on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Duprey)The Associated Press

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    Buffalo Sabres' Steve Ott talks to reporters in the locker room after NHL hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, April 16, 2013. In the midst of a late-season playoff push, the Sabres are expected to take time to reflect on the tragic events that shook the Boston Marathon on Monday. The attack on the marathon is prominent for the Sabres, who were preparing to travel to play the Bruins for a game on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Duprey)The Associated Press

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    Buffalo Sabres' Nathan Gerbe skates during NHL hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, April 16, 2013. In the midst of a late-season playoff push, the Buffalo Sabres are expected to take time to reflect on the tragic events that shook the Boston Marathon on Monday. The attack on the marathon is prominent for the Sabres, who were preparing to travel to play the Bruins for a game on Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Duprey)The Associated Press

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel has another reason to be thankful for jumping to the NHL.

Ruhwedel ended his college career at UMass Lowell to sign with Buffalo on Saturday. Had that not happened, the 22-year-old figures he would have been with his friends watching the marathon not far from the finish line where two explosions killed three people and wounded more than 170 on Monday.

His friends unhurt, Ruhwedel has turned his attention to those who were affected by the tragedy, while putting aside thoughts about his homecoming.

Ruhwedel and the Sabres traveled to Boston on Tuesday to prepare to play the Bruins the following day. The game's scheduled to be the city's first professional sporting event since the marathon.