The Boston Police Department finally announced what everybody had expected with one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers still on the loose: The Bruins-Penguins game for Friday night has been postponed and tentatively moved to Saturday afternoon at 12:30 pm at TD Garden.
It’s doubtful the game will be played if any suspects are still on the loose Saturday morning, so word will be final by 8:30 a.m. as to whether they will be playing the game at TD Garden Saturday afternoon.
Boston Police, Homeland Security, FBI and military officials have been camped in and around Boston throughout the day on Friday looking for the second bombing suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, who is still at large. His older brother, the bombing case's second suspect, Tamerlin Tsarneav, was killed in the early hours of Friday morning in a firefight with authorities in Watertown.
It was deemed unsafe for the Bruins to play their home game on Friday night, but scheduling has become problematic for the Black and Gold with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. Adding to the difficulties were a pair of Bruins games from earlier this season that had to be rescheduled (one in Tampa Bay due to snow, and one with Ottawa due to Monday’s bombing), which have been added to the B's already-busy second half of the regular season.
The Penguins were scheduled to play the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday at home in Pittsburgh, but that game has been moved to Tuesday, April 23 in order to avoid either the Bruins or the Pens being forced to play three games in three days as a result of the makeup dates. There are provisions in the CBA to forbid players from being forced to play games on three consecutive days.
Tickets for tonight's originally scheduled Bruins-Pens game will be honored for the tentatively rescheduled game on Saturday afternoon.
Friday's Red Sox-Royals game set to take place at Fenway Park has also been postponed.