Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 23: The crowd waves a Boston Bruins flag before Game Seven of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on April 23, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)

Holiday cheer did not make it way to the National Hockey League this Christmas Eve.

Instead, the league extended their shutdown through Dec. 27.

“The National Hockey League announced today that its regular-season schedule will not resume prior to Tuesday, Dec. 28,” the NHL confirmed in a statement. “The League had planned to resume its schedule on Dec. 27, but in order to allow the League an adequate opportunity to analyze League-wide testing results and to assess Clubs’ readiness to play, the target date for resumption of game play will be pushed back an additional day. Teams will return to practice on Dec. 26 and it is expected that the League will provide an update on its return to play plans by the end of day on Sunday.”

For the Bruins, that means another game has been postponed, with the team’s Dec. 27 home meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins now pushed to an undetermined date. That brings the Black and Gold’s postponed list up to five games — three of which at TD Garden along with a road game in Montreal and Ottawa — in a span of just over a week.

The Bruins have been one of the harder hit teams in the COVID world, with 10 players and two team staffers on the COVID list.

Assuming the NHL return goes as planned, the B’s will now get back to work with a Dec. 29 road meeting with the Sens.

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