Why Doesn't the League Just Cancel Game Between Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins?

By Stephanie Lewark
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With the situation still uncertain and the current lockdown still in place in Boston, things have been up in the air all day; however, a plan is in place for tonight’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins to be postponed.  The game is tentatively rescheduled for tomorrow at 12:30 pm at the Boston Garden, but that depends on whether the Boston Marathon bombing suspects are in custody by tonight.

The Penguins have another game scheduled for Saturday evening against the Buffalo Sabres and that game will be moved to Tuesday evening, Apr. 23, at 7:30 pm at the CONSOL Energy Center.  Just prior to posting this, the Penguins sent out a text and both the Bruins and the Penguins posted on their official webpages to advise fans and confirmed the earlier reports.

I’m not sure about what to make of this rescheduling.  First of all, the league doesn’t know whether the suspects will be in custody by tonight, so the game tomorrow might be cancelled anyway.  Even so, why would the NHL risk the lives of its players?  There are more important things right now than a hockey game and a contract agreement, which I’m sure doesn’t mention anything about bombing situations, so why can’t they make an exception in this serious instance?  Immediately cancel the game and get your players out of harm’s way.  Once again its about big business and making that big money and that is a shame, especially at a time like this.

If this game is finally played, the players from both teams will still wear special commemorative patches on their jerseys to be auctioned off after the game as mentioned in a previous post. The Bruins’ patch will be the blue and yellow “Boston Strong” ribbon while the Penguins will be donning a “617” (one of Boston’s two area codes) patch. Proceeds from the auctions will be donated to “The One Fund Boston” (OneFundBoston.org), “whose purpose is to raise money to help those families most affected by the events at the Boston Marathon.” Special “Boston Strong” t-shirts will also be sold at the game. For more information on the events scheduled during the game, visit the offical Boston Bruins webpage.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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