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Bruins-Sens game rescheduled for April 28

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The NHL has rescheduled yesterday’s Bruins-Senators contest for Sunday, April 28, at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET).

Monday’s game was postponed due to the Boston Marathon explosions.

For the Senators, it means hosting Philadelphia on Saturday, then traveling to Boston for Sunday’s make-up game.

The Bruins are in Washington to play the Capitals Saturday.

The NHL playoffs start Tuesday, April 30.

The regular season was originally scheduled to end Saturday, April 27.

Bruins president Cam Neely releases statement regarding postponed game

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The Boston Bruins’ game against the Ottawa Senators was postponed on Wednesday after the Boston Marathon explosions. Bruins team president Cam Neely released the following statement regarding that decision.

“After consultation with city, state and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight’s game. Public safety personnel from the city and state are still gathering information regarding today’s events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Bruins organization are with the city of Boston and all those affected by today’s tragedy.”

Senators GM Bryan Murray also released a statement supporting the choice to move the game.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Ottawa Senators organization are with those people affected by today’s tragic events in Boston. We fully support the National Hockey League’s decision to postpone tonight’s game. Our entire team is safe and together. If possible, we are hoping to return to Ottawa this evening.”

The league has yet to make any announcements regarding when (and possibly where) the postponed game might take place.

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Bruins game postponed after Boston Marathon explosions

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Tonight’s Bruins-Senators game at TD Garden has been postponed as a result of the explosions at today’s Boston Marathon.

No makeup date has been announced; however, the NHL does plan to reschedule.

“The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon,” the league wrote in a release.

At 4:08 p.m. ET, around three hours before game time, it was reported by the Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont that the game would still be played. However, that’s not the case anymore.

For more coverage of the explosions, please visit NBCNEWS.com.

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Video: Bruins, Canes get in three first period fights, including Zdeno Chara vs. Jay Harrison

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It’s easy to get annoyed by the old joke “I went to see a fight and then a hockey game broke out,” but the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes tested the limits early on Saturday.

The first period of tonight’s game featured three fights. While Zdeno Chara dropping the gloves would headline almost any card, let’s go ahead and post them in order, so you can really get an idea of the “narrative.”*

First, Shawn Thornton fought Kevin Westgarth about 14 minutes into the opening frame:

A little more than four minutes later, Chara scuffled with Jay Harrison:

(Apparently those two don’t especially like each other. Hockey Fight’s Encyclopedic database shows that they also engaged in some fisticuffs on Oct. 18, 2011.)

Finally, Gregory Campbell danced with Nicolas Blanchard with about 30 seconds left in the period:

It’s believed that some hockey was also played in between those bouts, but we’ll have to do a little more research to confirm those rumblings.

* Using the word “narrative” like you would when describing the plot of just about any Jean Claude Van Damme movie.

Bruins officially sign Carl Soderberg

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It sounds like the Boston Bruins have sorted things out with Swedish prospect Carl Soderberg.

CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports that the team officially signed the prospect on Saturday and that he’s expected to join up with the B’s on Wednesday.

The team announced that it’s a three-year, one-way deal that carries an annual cap hit of $1 million.

Word surfaced on Thursday that the Swedish Federation was going to make it difficult for Soderberg to play for the Bruins, citing an urge to have the 27-year-old represent his country during the 2013 IIHF World Championship tournament.

Whatever issues must have been patched up, however, allowing the Bruins to add a guy who some believe is the Swedish Elite League’s best player to their playoff mix.

Soderberg scored 60 points in 54 games for Linköping in the SEL this season. He’s described as a solid two-way player, too, so there’s a chance he’ll mesh well with Claude Julien’s demanding system.