Maple Leafs fans belt out US anthem after pregame mic malfunction

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Canadian hockey fans are truly one a kind.

Before Monday night’s showdown between the and the Buffalo Sabres, anthem singer Natalie Morris took to the ice at Scotiabank Arena and prepared to sing the US national anthem. the only problem was his microphone wasn’t working,

The audio staff quickly gave Morris another microphone, which was not working, leaving her in a difficult position. But not a moment passed before fans realized the issue and took matters into their own hands, with a crowd more than 18,000 joining in to sing the US national anthem, creating a special moment before the puck drop .

The technical issues were rectified shortly afterwards, allowing Morrissey to sing the Canadian anthem without interruption.

Ironically, the Sabers play the Canadian anthem before each their home games and are the only professional sports franchise to do so, making it fitting that Buffalo was Toronto’s opponent during this unlikely event.

Meanwhile, on the ice, Toronto’s skaters enjoyed a productive first 40 minutes and entered the final frame with a 2–1 lead, but Buffalo stormed back in the final frame to defeat the Leafs 3–1. Delivered the crucial 4-3 win for the Sabres, who were still clinging to life in the Eastern Conference wild-card race.