April 17, 2013; Boston, MA USA; The Boston Strong ribbon is displayed on the jumbotron prior to the start of a game between the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Bruins-Penguins Game Pushed Back Due to Manhunt

Due to the massive manhunt for the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing, tonight’s game between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins has been postponed.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise; the city of Boston has been in lock-down mode all day, and the Bruins and Penguins had already been forced to cancel their morning skates.

The game has been tentatively rescheduled for tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., and as a result, the Buffalo Sabres-Pittsburgh Penguins game that was supposed to played on Sunday evening will now be rescheduled for Tuesday, April 23, with a 7:30 p.m. start.

If you remember correctly, the Bruins had already been forced to cancel their Monday evening showdown with the Ottawa Senators.  That game has been rescheduled for Monday, April 28, a mere two days before the Stanley Cup playoffs are set to begin.  If the Bruins are unable to play their game against the Penguins tomorrow, the league is going to be in a tough spot.  The Bruins are slated to play Florida on Sunday, Philadelphia on Tuesday, Tampa Bay on Thursday, and the Washington Capitals on Saturday!   If the city of Boston is still in lock-down tomorrow morning, the Bruins will either be forced to squeeze the Penguins game into an extremely tight final week, resulting in a span of three game in three nights, or the league will have to consider pushing the entire postseason schedule back a day, in order to allow Boston to close its season and still have a few days off before the playoffs begin.

The Sabres, meanwhile, are really not affected by the change of schedule, since they were already slated to play the Penguins and the Winnipeg Jets back-to-back.  The only difference is, the Sabres now get to stay home following tonight’s game against the New York Rangers and get some rest as they gear up for a big showdown against the Jets.

If any further news breaks, we’ll bring it to you here at Sabre Noise!

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