The Sabres beat Columbus 4 to 2 last night for their first home victory of the season, but the night started out awkwardly when there was no anthem singer.  So instead fans were invited to sing both the U-S and Canadian anthems with the organist.

And there were a couple of emotional moments last night.  The first was when a young cancer patient dropped the puck for the ceremonial opening faceoff on Hockey Fights Cancer night.  Then later the Sabres honored a soldier in their Hometown Heroes promotion.

Nathan Gerbe donates the tickets to the soldiers and I caught up with him after the game.