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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Blizzard postpones Bruins-Lightning

By Joe McDonald
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The NHL has postponed the Boston Bruins-Tampa Bay Lightning game Saturday night due to the weather-related state of emergency that remains in effect in Boston.

No makeup date had been scheduled, a process made more difficult by the lack of off-days in the compressed 48-game schedule that resulted from the lockout.

Massachusetts Turnpike
The NHL postponed Saturday night's Bruins-Lightning game due to the blizzard that hit Boston (above) this weekend. No makeup date was announced.

In a statement released by the league Saturday afternoon, with even both teams and on-ice officials in Boston, "travel conditions remain too hazardous for fans, security personnel and TD Garden staff to get to the arena."

The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, but the start time was moved to 7 p.m. due to the blizzard that hit the area. It was finally postponed in the middle of Saturday afternoon.

The Bruins are scheduled to play at Buffalo on Sunday. The Lightning head to New York for a game Sunday night against the Rangers. According to the Tampa Tribune, they were scheduled to leave for New York on a bus later Saturday.

Several other professional teams were forced to rearrange their travel plans because of the storm, which stranded the Knicks in Minnesota and the Spurs in Detroit on Friday night. New York's airports reopened on Saturday, but Boston's Logan Airport remained closed into Saturday night as airlines canceled more than 5,300 flights.

The Knicks, who played the Timberwolves on Friday night, have a Sunday matinee against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Spurs, who ended their 11-game winning streak against the Pistons, play the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.

The Nets took a train home instead of flying from Washington after losing to the Wizards on Friday night.

At least five deaths were blamed on the storm, which dumped as much as 3 feet of snow in some parts of New England. More than 650,000 homes and businesses lost power, with some not expecting electricity to be restored for days. Wind gusts of over 80 mph were recorded.

By midday Saturday, the National Weather Service reported preliminary snowfall totals of 24.9 inches in Boston, short of the 27.1 inches that fell in the Blizzard of '78 that left hundreds attending the Beanpot college hockey tournament stuck at the old Boston Garden for days.

Other games in the Northeast went on as scheduled Saturday.

A sellout crowd of 17,625 attended the Pittsburgh Penguins' game against the Devils in New Jersey less than 24 hours after a storm dropped more than a foot of snow in the area. The New York Islanders were slated to play at home against the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m. ET.

Two Ivy League men's college basketball games that had been scheduled for Saturday night were moved back to Sunday because of treacherous travel conditions. Dartmouth will play at Cornell at noon ET on Sunday in Ithaca, N.Y., and Harvard will visit Columbia at 2 p.m. ET Sunday in New York.

Duke, meanwhile, will fly to Boston on Sunday morning for its 6 p.m. ET game at Boston College, a school official said.

Information from ESPN.com's Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.