Sports often bring a release to society when the everyday world gets chaotic, but the Boston Bruins have decided not to play their scheduled game against the Ottawa Senators on April 15th due to multiple explosions at the Boston Marathon. The Bruins are looking good so far this season with an impressive 26-11 overall record, but the news in Boston has nothing to do with ice hockey.
The Bruins are not the only professional sports team in town; the Boston Celtics have an off day and the Boston Red Sox played earlier in the day, so the Bruins are the only team affected by the tragedy. New reports are coming out every minute, so the rumors and the facts are blending together and an erratic pace. This tragedy will certainly affect the traffic route for the Bruins and the emotions surrounding the city make it nearly impossible to drop the puck.
Ottawa is a big-time rival for the Bruins and this game would’ve been the fifth and final matchup between the two Northeast Division foes. This would have been the seventh road game in a row for the Senators, so with all things considered, they have to be somewhat relieved about returning home rather than playing in the midst of a disaster.
In a lockout-shortened season, the NHL schedule makers will have a very tough time making this game up and to expect a makeup date this early may be a little inconsiderate. The immediate worry for the visiting Senators is getting out of town as the club has a game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
Thoughts and prayers of the Rant Sports family go out to those affected by this tragedy.