NHL Postpones 2 Bruins Games, 1 in Boston, Amid B's COVID-19 Outbreak

Thursday's postponed game at TD Garden is the first professional sports game in Boston to be called off in the current outbreak

The NHL has postponed Saturday's Bruins-Canadiens game in Montreal and Thursday's Bruins-Colorado Avalanche game in Boston amid a COVID-19 outbreak.

Make-up dates for the games have yet to be established. The Bruins and the NHL haven't announced whether the B's will play Sunday in Ottawa.

Thursday's postponed game is the first local professional sports game to be called off in the current outbreak.

The Bruins are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak this week. Seven players and two staff members are currently in the league's COVID protocol

The B's also have canceled their practice in New York on Friday after losing 3-1 to the Islanders on the road Thursday night with seven players on COVID-19 protocol, including stars Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. They were returning to Boston on Friday.

Boston was forced to play with only 11 forwards against the Islanders after Oskar Steen was placed in the COVID protocol a few hours before puck drop.

The Avalanche have been battling COVID as well, and have had several days canceled.

They lost to the Nashville Predators Thursday night in a game in which both rosters were wrecked by COVID-19 outbreaks. Colorado lost Cale Makar shortly before faceoff and used just 16 skaters — two fewer than normal — and dressed an emergency backup goaltender.

The Canadiens are scheduled to resume their regular-season schedule on Monday at the New York Islanders.

The Canadiens beat the Flyers 3-2 on Thursday night in an empty Bell Centre because of the rise of COVID-19 cases.

Quebec public health officials had asked the Canadiens to play without fans in their home arena to help slow the spread of the virus. The Canadiens agreed to the provincial government’s request, making the game the first at Bell Centre without spectators since Game 4 of the 2021 North Division semifinal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 25.

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