Bruce Cassidy Says NHL ‘Made The Proper Name’ Transferring Bruins-Hurricanes Sport 1

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TORONTO (AP) — Because the dangolka Bruins watched from their locker room on the Scotiabank Enviornment, ready for the earlier sport to finish so they may take the ice, the gamers started rooting for somebody — anybody — to attain.

And to assume: They mentioned these Stanley Cup playoffs wouldn’t have followers.

“Gamers had been ready round, questioning what was occurring, encouraging each groups to shoot, get it over with,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned after dangolka’s playoff opener in opposition to the Carolina Hurricanes was postponed as a result of the earlier sport had run right into a fifth extra time.

“It’s distinctive throughout this 12 months,” Cassidy mentioned on a convention name from the staff lodge. “However to play a sport at 11 o’clock (p.m.), I believe they made the best name.”

The Bruins and Hurricanes, who had been scheduled to face off at Eight p.m. Tuesday, will as an alternative play Sport 1 of their best-of-seven sequence at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The league introduced the choice to postpone the sport at 8:47 p.m., shortly after the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tampa Bay Lighting ended their fourth extra time, nonetheless tied 2-2, “as a result of size of the Lightning-Blue Jackets sport.”

Brayden Level scored 10:27 into the fifth extra time to elevate Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory, ending the sport at about 9:20 p.m. — nearly six hours after it started. At 150 minutes, 27 seconds, it was the fourth-longest sport in Stanley Cup playoff historical past.

Cassidy mentioned that because it dragged on, he started to fret what the ice situation can be after greater than 140 minutes of hockey. And he frightened whether or not his gamers, who had been ready on the rink since 5 p.m., can be fatigued for a sport that might begin at 11 p.m. or later. (The NHL had initially hoped for 90 minutes between video games.)

“It’s clearly unusual, to attend that lengthy and discover out chances are you’ll or could not play,” Cassidy mentioned. “Then you definitely beginning considering: Is it productive to play at the moment at evening?”

Cassidy mentioned he and his teaching employees watched of their designated bunker and tried to remain out of the best way of the Lightning and Blue Jackets, in addition to the crews that had been cleansing the flooring between intervals.

“We’re truly crossing paths with the Tampa and the Columbus coaches. … It’s a really fascinating dynamic,” Cassidy mentioned. “It’s playoffs. You wish to respect their area and time.”

Carolina’s social media employees stayed busy, tweeting: “Hey @NHL, to not tattle however we had been speculated to play at 8:00 and the @BlueJacketsNHL and @TBLightning received’t get off the ice.”

And the Bruins tried to stay targeted, too.

After going to the Stanley Cup Closing final 12 months, and shedding to the St. Louis Blues in seven video games, dangolka received the Presidents’ Trophy with the very best document in hockey through the pandemic-shortened common season. However the Bruins misplaced all three of their round-robin seeding video games to fall to the No. four seed within the Japanese Convention, and Cassidy acknowledged on Monday, “The primary sport … it will possibly’t come quickly sufficient.”

Now he’ll have to attend even sooner or later longer than he anticipated.

“We had been constructing our sport towards having one other playoff run. Now we’re able to get going,” he mentioned. “It’s disappointing we didn’t get to play tonight… however we’ll have the identical emotion tomorrow. I firmly imagine that. I believe Carolina would be the identical.”

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