NHL postpones Bruins-Penguins game

The Bruins-Penguins game Friday night in Boston could be cancelled. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Files)

The Bruins-Penguins game Friday night in Boston could be cancelled. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Files)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 PM ET

BOSTON - A long way down on the list of priorities in this terrorized city, the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins will likely play a hockey game Saturday afternoon.

After the arrest of a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings following about 20 hours of mayhem the game, originally scheduled for Friday night, will be played Saturday afternoon at 12:30 p.m.

After a firefight between police and the two the bombing suspects – one of them was fatally wounded – and a massive manhunt for the surviving suspect Friday, the Bruins-Penguins game was postponed, as was a Boston Red Sox game against the Kansas City Royals.

At about 6 p.m. Friday, the shelter-in-place command was lifted and the city’s mass transit system was back up and running. Shortly thereafter, there were reports of more gunfire in suburban Watertown and that police had cornered the surviving suspect in a covered boat stored in a backyard.

At about 8:45 p.m., the suspect was taken into custody.

The Penguins were to play the Buffalo Sabres at home Saturday night and that game has been moved to Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough week for the city of Boston and to be here and follow it with the team ... we’ve gone through the process with the Bruins and the NHL and we’re certainly respectful of that decision (to reschedule the game),” said Penguins general manager Ray Shero.

“The residents of Boston and their safety is paramount to everybody so we totally understand the situation and are respectful of that. Hopefully we have a chance to play tomorrow if that’s the case, but again, the safety of the people of Boston and the city of Boston is the most important for everybody.”

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