The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes will have to wait a little longer to play Game 1 of their first round Stanley Cup Playoff series.
The B's and 'Canes were scheduled to drop the puck at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday night for the series opener at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, but the NHL postponed the game to Wednesday at 11 a.m. due to the overtime thriller between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets.
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The Lightning and Blue Jackets opened their Round 1 series at 3:09 p.m. on Tuesday but didn't finish until well after 9 p.m. ET in five-overtime marathon. The NHL moved the Bruins-'Canes game between the fourth and fifth OT periods.
The league made the correct call here. It would've taken over an hour to prepare the ice and go through the proper cleaning protocols before the Bruins and Hurricanes could have played. At a certain point, a decision has to be made.
The Bruins and Hurricanes now have two instances in Round 1 where games will be played on back-to-back days.
Game 1: Wednesday, Aug. 12
Game 2: Thursday, Aug. 13
Game 5: Wednesday, Aug. 19
Game 6: Thursday, Aug. 20