STATELINE, Nev. (CBS/AP) — The outdoor game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins has had its start time tinkered with once more. The NHL announced Sunday’s game between the Flyers and Bruins will be moved back by more than five hours to avoid the bright sunshine that is causing issues for the first game this weekend.
The game at Edgewood Tahoe Resort will now start at 4:30 p.m. PST — 7:30 p.m EST. It had originally been scheduled for a noon local start and then was moved back to 11 a.m. earlier in the week because of the forecast.READ MORE: 'A Game Changer': CDC Recommends Johnson & Johnson's 1-Dose COVID Vaccine, Paving Way For Distribution To Begin
The game also was moved from NBC to NBCSN, with the New Jersey Devils-Washington Capitals game previously scheduled for 7 p.m. EST now being changed to 2 p.m. and is being broadcast on NBC.
Both teams were unable to practice on the specially built outdoor rink before Saturday’s Vegas Golden Knights-Colorado Avalanche game because of the ice conditions. They were forced to go to a local indoor rink instead.
“In this game, you have to learn how to adapt,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said.
This comes as the outdoor game between Vegas and Colorado is being delayed after the first period because of poor ice conditions caused by the bright sun at Lake Tahoe.READ MORE: Irv Cross, Former Eagles Star DB And Pioneer Black Analyst, Dies At 81
The NHL called for the extended break after a first period that featured several players and officials falling on rough patches on the ice. The sun made it difficult to keep a smooth surface and workers spent time trying to patch holes throughout the period.
The officials met with the captains and league officials to discuss the conditions and the game was delayed for an undetermined amount of time as workers put the cover back on the ice.
Game broadcaster NBC reported that Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league would decide whether to continue the game later Saturday or early Sunday morning.
The Avalanche led the game 1-0, but the game can’t be official until at least two periods are played.MORE NEWS: COVID In Philadelphia: City Easing More Restrictions Monday On Road To Recovery
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