In response to the Boston Marathon explosions that left three dead and scores wounded Monday afternoon, the Boston Bruins and the NHL have jointly decided to cancel Monday night’s home game at TD Garden against the Ottawa Senators.
According to an NHL press release, Boston Bruins management and the NHL opted to cancel the game out of security concerns related to the Boston Marathon explosions.
"After consultation with city, state and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight's game,” Bruins President Cam Neely said in an open statement. “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."
While the Boston Bruins game has been canceled, the NHL still has seven other active games taking place on Monday night, including a game between the San Jose Sharks and the Phoenix Coyotes.
"Our arena security staff do an excellent and thorough job each game to ensure that Jobing.com Arena and our fans are safe and secure," Rich Nairn, the Coyotes' senior director of communications, said in an email to USA Today Sports. "The same security measures will be in place tonight.
The NBA has also chosen to cancel Tuesday night’s Boston Celtics home game against the Indiana Pacers. The Boston Celtics are not at home on Monday night, but it is uncertain when they will play another home game due to security concerns.
At the same time, Major League Baseball has opted to go ahead with its eight scheduled baseball games Monday night. The Boston Red Sox held a game on Monday, but the team’s match against the Tampa Bay Rays took began at 11 a.m. EDT, well before the Boston Marathon explosions went off.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.