BOSTON -- The Bruins and the NHL made the right call and postponed Monday night’s game between the Bruins and Ottawa Senators after the unspeakable events of Monday afternoon at the Boston Marathon finish line at Boylston Street.
“After consultation with City, State and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight's game," Bruins president Cam Neely said in a statement. "Public safety personnel from the City and State are still gathering information regarding today's events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Bruins organization are with the city of Boston and all those affected by today's tragedy.”
Andrew Ference had first sent out word about the postponement from his twitter account: “Game is off. Our best to everyone affected, please be safe.”
Reports that other unexploded devices had been found in the City of Boston would have made it near impossible for the Bruins to hold a sporting event with close to 20,000 people expected at TD Garden.
There was no immediate date or time announced for when the game would be made up.
The NHL sent along this message with the official postponement announcement: “The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston this afternoon.”
The Senators are playing in Carolina on Tuesday, and the Bruins are playing every other day for the remaining two weeks of the regular season, so it’s going to be a challenge to squeeze the game into the schedule.