Bruins’ Chris Wagner Salutes Late Grandfather In Emotional Game Vs. Sabres

Saturday night’s game was an emotional one for Chris Wagner.

The Boston winger had a goal disallowed before scoring the Bruins’ first goal in their 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. What fans didn’t know, however, was that the Walpole, Mass. native was skating with a lot on his mind. He revealed after the game his grandfather passed away Friday.

Wagner spoke about him after the game and credited his grandfather for his strong performance to the Boston Sports Journal’s Conor Ryan.

Wagner also noted how much of an active role his grandfather played while growing up, saying he’d drive Wagner to and from games when his parents were unable to do so.

“Watched all my games — all the way up to the Winter Classic the other day,” Wagner said, via Ryan. “It means a lot.”

Wagner accounted for six shots on goal in the victory and even saluted his grandfather on (both) goals scored by pointing up toward the sky.

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