By Mike Harrington
In the wake of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon course, the NHL has announced the postponement of tonight's game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins at TD Garden. There is no word on a makeup date for the game.
"The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon," the league said in its official release.
The Sabres are scheduled to leave for Boston on a 3 p.m. flight Tuesday afternoon and are slated to play the Bruins Wednesday night at 7:30 The Sabres are scheduled to stay at their normal Boston hotel, the Ritz-Carlton by the Boston Common. It is about 1 3/4 miles from the explosion site on Boylston Street.
The situation is obviously a very fluid one, and the Sabres say it's too soon to tell if there will be any change in their travel schedule or whether the game will go on Wednesday.
The Bruins have a very tight schedule the rest of the season because they already had a game postponed by snow earlier this year against Tampa Bay re-scheduled for April 25 at the Garden. They also host Pittsburgh on Friday night and Florida on Sunday afternoon, and play road games April 23 at Philadelphia and April 27 at Washington.
6 p.m. update: A statement issued by Bruins president Cam Neely: "After consultation with City, State and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight's game. 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.”
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