Update 3:20 p.m.: The Boston Bruins have announced that they have postponed Friday night's scheduled game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The game has been tenatively rescheduled for April 20 at 12:30 p.m.
The ripple effects from the ongoing manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have reached the sports world.
As Boston Police Department and FBI officials continue to lock down the Greater Boston area, the city's local sports teams are attempting to determine whether or not to proceed with their normal season schedule.
Both the NHL's Boston Bruins and the MLB's Boston Red Sox were scheduled to play home games tonight, before the early-Friday shootout between police officers and the Tsarnaev brothers forced authorities to enact a "stay indoors" policy.
Both sports teams took to Twitter during the manhunt, to voice support for the ongoing investigation and to update fans on the status of tonight's games.
The Boston Bruins were scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m ET. Once news of the manhunt for Tsarnaev broke, Bruins officials initially reacted by cancelling the team's scheduled morning practice.
At 10:24 a.m ET, the Bruins announced that the team had decided to postpone its planned sale of playoff tickets.
The Bruins have yet to determine whether or not tonight's game against the Penguins will occur as scheduled.
"We are taking direction from our state and local officials, do not have any updates on tonight's game as of 12 noon," the team tweeted Friday.
Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox were scheduled to play the Kansas City Royals at 7:10 p.m. ET tonight. At 3 p.m ET, the team revealed that it had decided to cancel the game.
"OFFICIAL: Tonight’s Red Sox game at Fenway Park scheduled for 7:10pm has been postponed to support efforts of law enforcement officers," the team tweeted.
Logistically, it would be very difficult for either team to play their scheduled games. The city of Boston, as well as several surrounding towns, remains locked down. Additionally, authorities have suspended the use of public transportation in the area in an effort to hinder the suspect's movement.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...