Pom poms were handed out. Sabretooth, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Doug Allen were all there to help kick off Monday night's game. Music and the kiss cam were played during media timeouts. And Sabres studio hosts Kevin Sylvester and Mike Robitaille were there for the intermission reports.
The only thing that was missing was the live action on the ice. But that didn't stop over 8,500 crazed Sabres fans from showing up at HSBC Arena to watch the Sabres play the Senators in Ottawa for Game 3.
The Sabres hosted their first "House Party" of the post-season where fans could come to the arena and watch the team play on the road, on two 12' by 9' video monitors as well as the Jumbotron.
Even without the live action, the atmosphere was electric as chants of "Let's Go Buffalo" filled the arena throughout the game. And while the outcome wasn't what everyone had hoped, there was one positive that came out of the night.
The Sabres Fondation was able to raise $5,000 for worthwhile western New York charities.
Thanks to all of the fans who donated upon entrance to the event.