Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes will have to wait. Per NHL PR, the league has officially postponed Game 1 between the sides to Wednesday at 11:00 am. Originally scheduled for 8:00 pm tonight, the game was pushed back due to the marathon Game 1 between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lighting.
The decision was made in the intermission between overtime periods four and five.
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In a summer of many firsts for the NHL, this will be another one. It is the first playoff game ever postponed due to another game going so long. Game 1 will also be the first-ever playoff game to start in the morning during a weekday.
The postponement will gave David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins another day. Both Rask and Pastrnak were absent from practice on Monday. Coach Bruce Cassidy called them “unfit to participate” but proclaimed that both would return to the ice on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will get to give Dougie Hamilton a few more hours to prepare for what could be his return. Hamilton was “hopeful” to play in Game 1. He was slated to take warmup, and a determination on his status would be made them, according to head coach Rod Brind’Amour. The expectation is that will once again be the case on Wednesday morning.
The game will be seen on NBCSN nationally and on NESN in the New England market. You can listen on 98.5 The Sports Hub in the Boston region.