Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes was rescheduled for 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday (NBCSN, SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-CR).
The game was scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the East hub city, but was potponed when Game 1 of the first-round series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets went into the fifth overtime. Tampa Bay won 3-2 on Brayden Point‘s goal 10:27 into the period.
“They kept us informed what would happen — it was going to be pushed back — and then eventually, it was called,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “That’s the message we relayed to [the players], and we left it at that. Basically, hey listen, Game 1 of the playoffs tomorrow. We’ll be ready to go. We’ve put our work in. Just come to the rink ready to play.”
The Tampa Bay-Columbus game began at 3:09 p.m. ET and ended at 9:22 p.m. ET. It is the fourth-longest game in NHL history.
“We just waited it out. Waited for the word,” Cassidy said. “When you’re ready to go, you try to stay sharp without getting too anxious. If they tell you you’re playing, you’re playing. If not, you get ready for tomorrow.”
Carolina has not played since Aug. 4, when it completed three-game sweep of the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
NHL.com staff writer Amalie Benjamin contributed to this report