Chris Kelly/By S. Bradley

Chris Kelly/By S. Bradley

It was an emotional night at TD Garden Wednesday.

Things didn’t finish as planned or hoped, but the Bruins still did all they could do to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and help people heal and move on.

Sure, the Bruins lost in a shootout, 3-2, to Buffalo. But they managed to earn a point that clinched them a playoff berth and pulled them into a first-place tie with Montreal in the Northeast Division. The Bruins hold a game in hand on the Canadiens.

Years from now, few will remember the final score or much from the game. The memories will be of the video tribute, the national anthem and the chants of “Let’s Go Boston” that echoed from the crowd throughout the night. That doesn’t mean there weren’t some on-ice highlights. Center Chris Kelly and winger Daniel Paille did their best to make it a victorious night for the Bruins with one goal and one assist apiece.

Now the Bruins will get back to work with a practice Thursday and a big home game against top-seeded Pittsburgh Friday back at the Garden.