“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.”
“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.
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:
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.