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Tight security at Bruins' arena ahead of first major sports event after marathon attacks

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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)

Security has been tightened at the TD Garden, where the Bruins play on Wednesday in the first major sporting event in Boston since the marathon bombings.

Cars were searched inside and out before entering the garage under the arena. Sports writers, usually subject to only the most cursory inspection, were waved with a metal-detecting wand when passing through security.

Monday's Bruins game was postponed in the wake of the bombings that killed three people and injured more than 170 others.

Bruins forward Chris Kelly says he's glad to get back on the ice if it will help take the city's mind off the tragedy. The Bruins will take on the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m.