With the city of Boston almost entirely shut down due to the winter storm that has struck the northeast, the Lightning game scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. - Sarah Connors, Stanley Cup of Chowder
As of this writing, no makeup date has been scheduled for this game.
New England got rocked by a blizzard that The Weather Channel is affectionately called "Nemo". And while the greater Boston area was snowed in, and an outright travel ban was in place within the city, the Tampa Bay Lightning still managed to find a way to have a morning skate at TD Garden in preparation for the their game against the Bruins.
The contest had already been rescheduled from a 1 PM matinée to 7 PM in the evening. And now, by decree of the National Hockey league, the game has been postponed. In a way, that is a break for the Lightning as it no longer has to play back-to-back games at this time. It's a challenge for the team and the franchise because now they have to find a way to get from snowed-in Boston to less-snowed-in New York City for tomorrow's game against the New York Rangers.
We'll keep you posted as to the rescheduling of this game when that information becomes available.
[Note by John Fontana, 02/09/13 3:35 PM EST ] The official statement form teh National Hockey League is as follows:
TAMPA BAY AT BOSTON GAME POSTPONED
TORONTO (February 9, 2013) -- Today’s game between the Tampa Bay
Lightning and Boston Bruins at the TD Garden, NHL Game No. 154, has been
postponed due to the weather-related State of Emergency that remains in
effect in Boston.
A make-up date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.
Although both Clubs and the assigned on-ice officials are in Boston,
travel conditions remain too hazardous for fans, security personnel and TD
Garden staff to get to the arena.