After a two-day break in the NHL schedule, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will resume Saturday.
The NHL postponed all playoff games Thursday and Friday after getting criticism from players for playing its entire slate of games Wednesday when there were a spate of postponements and boycotts across leagues such as the NBA, MLB, WNBA and MLS as players protested systemic racism in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting.
"You know, these days need to be used in the right manner," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. "Obviously, we need to step back, reflect a little bit, just to take a little moment to realize what's going on. Obviously, there is a problem in the States and there is obviously the right reason to kind of why all the major sports are doing what they're doing right now, to kind of make sure that we all realize that there needs to be change. And obviously it starts with the conversations and acts, that are going to be very important to follow."
All eight remaining NHL teams had their schedules affected by the two days of postponements, but now the league has announced new schedules for all four series, including the Bruins vs. Lightning matchup. Here's the new schedule for the rest of the series:
Game 4: Saturday, Aug. 29, 12 p.m. — TB at BOS (NBC)
Game 5: Monday, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. — BOS at TB (NBCSN)
Game 6*: Wednesday, Sept. 2, TBD — TB at BOS
Game 7*: Thursday, Sept. 3, TBD — BOS at TB
Several days off to make adjustments and regroup might do the Bruins some good after an embarrassing 7-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 3, but the extra time off could also help Tampa Bay get healthier, as top defenseman Ryan McDonagh had missed each of the last two games of the series.
And even though the two teams are getting a little bit of time off to rest and recover in the middle of the series, the NHL has kept the original back-to-back scenario for Games 6 and 7 if the series goes the distance.
All of the games of the series can be seen on the NBC family of networks, and NBC Sports Boston will air Hockey Postgame Live hosted by Michael Felger with analysis from Tony Amonte, A.J. Mlezcko and Joe Haggerty after Games 5, 6, and 7.