February 11, 2013 by
With two to three feet of snow hitting Boston, the NHL had to postpone Saturday’s Bruins-Lightning game
The National Hockey League announced that the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning game that was postponed due to Blizzard Nemo on Saturday, February 9 will be rescheduled for Thursday, April 25, at TD Garden for 7:30pm. This will be the second to last game of the season for both teams and the placement of this game means the Bruins will play every other day for the entire month of April. While this should provide for an exhilarating finale to the regular season, I’m not the only New Englander complaining about this game being rescheduled.
For someone who had tickets to this game, I am glad it was postponed. Don’t get me wrong, ultimately I believe the right decision was made by postponing the game but I just wish this game could have been rescheduled for another Saturday matinee. What’s better than having a Saturday afternoon full of hockey and beer? The game would get out at about four o’clock where fans could retreat back to the surrounding bars near the Garden such as Sully’s Tap, Greatest Bar, The Fours, Hurricane O’Reilly’s, or even that new place North Star. Now the game will be played on a weeknight in which I will have to manage my work schedule to leave early and beat the traffic to get to the Garden on time. With the shortened 48 game season that is taking place, I knew the chances of this game getting rescheduled for another primetime weekend afternoon would be slim to none. A Thursday night approximately two and a half months from now isn’t too appealing.
Sully’s Tap and Greatest Bar on Canal Street are home to Bruins fans before and after games
What surprised me more than the amount of snow we received this past weekend was the amount of fans who were upset that this game was postponed in the first place. Bruins fans took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their Nemo frustrations about this game being postponed. I know this because I didn’t have power and I sat in my warm car scouring Twitter and Facebook for entertainment. This was the only way to stay warm and I could charge my cell phone and communicate with the outside world. There’s only so much you can do with no power. Sitting in a cold dark house eating non-perishable foods is not very enjoyable. The fact is that there were tons of fans and people snowed in at home who wished this game was played this past Saturday. The game was originally scheduled to be played at 1pm, and then it was pushed back to 7pm, and then finally postponed later in the afternoon.
I suppose fans were upset because of how much we love hockey around here and because it was a great excuse to forget about the storm that just tore through New England. However, National Grid reported that more than 400,000 people were without power in MA on Saturday so only those fans with power could even watch the game at home. Fans who were able to dig themselves out and brave the elements to make it into the game would technically have to wait until at least 4 pm because Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick still had a travel ban in effect and mass transit such as the MBTA was shut down for the entire day.
Although both the Bruins and the Lightning were in Boston and even skated that day, travel conditions were too hazardous for fans, security personnel, ticket vendors, ushers, and many others to travel safely to and from TD Garden. Let’s be honest, the right decision was made as clean up crews needed the extra time to clear the roads and many fans would have been unable to watch or attend the game, thus wasting money on a pretty expensive ticket. I don’t understand why fans were upset this game was postponed. With roads impassable and mass transit unavailable, do you think people can just teleport back and forth to the game?
Being a life long New Englander and growing up on the South Shore, which was impacted the most by Nemo, I can safely say that we will find a way to complain about anything and everything. Whether it is about gas prices, the weather, 93 North, or the fact that the Bruins game got cancelled after one of the worst blizzards in decades, us Massholes and New Englanders sure do know how to complain. Instead of complaining about something legitimate like not having power, not having heat, or not being able to drive safely up the street, we complain about the hockey game being postponed. Even I am complaining about the timeframe of when this game is rescheduled. Instead of complaining, let us appreciate the fact that hockey is back and the Bruins are off to their best start in franchise history. Let us be thankful Tuukka is playing lights out and Tim Thomas has been traded, opening up five million dollars worth of salary cap space. Let us be thankful that the storm is over, power is being restored, roads are being plowed, and the 2-3 feet of snow is slowly melting. Oh wait, there’s another storm coming this Thursday? Damn New England weather, 93 is going to be a nightmare come Friday morning.
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