BOSTON -- An irrational hysteria blew through the area on Monday as a large group of Bruins fans believed Wednesdays Game 7 between the Bruins and Capitals was going to start at 1 p.m.
Tweets to this humble hockey writer claimed that a Google search turned up a website where the game was scheduled at 1 p.m. Several also mentioned hearing an afternoon start time on the radio. One imaginative tweeter even reasoned that the Bruins playoff game was starting in the afternoon because NESN was jam-packed with Liverpool soccer and a regularly scheduled Red Sox game.
There was absolutely zero chance of a weekday matinee for an NHL playoff game, given the NBC Network's involvement, and on Monday night the league finally announced a 7:30 p.m. start time for Wednesday's Game 7.
The decision as to when the start the game was delayed until it was known whether the Blackhawks and Coyotes would also play a Game 7 on Wednesday night. Had that series gone to seven games, the Bruins and Caps would have started slightly earlier, probably at 7 p.m., in order to show the Chicago-Phoenix game immediately afterward.
But Phoenix' series-clinching victory Monday night means Boston and Washington will be the only Game 7 played on Wednesday.