Bruins-Hurricanes Game 1 delayed by Lightning-Blue Jackets OT marathon

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This was bound to happen at some point. You just probably didn't expect it in Game 1.

The Bruins' series-opener against the Hurricanes, originally scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, will be delayed thanks to Game 1 between the Lightning and Blue Jackets stretching into a third overtime.

How long the Bruins game will be delayed will be determined by whenever the Tampa-Columbus game, which is also being played at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena, finally ends. According to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston, the NHL requires an 87-minute turnaround for the arena between games.

That means even if the game ended early in the third overtime, we're probably looking at close to a 9 p.m. start at the earliest.

So do whatever you need to do to get ready for a late night, Bruins fans.

In the meantime, here's some pregame reading to kill some time:

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