Two Boston Bruins games postponed as more players enter COVID-19 protocol

The NHL has paused the Boston Bruins’ season after four more players entered the league’s COVID protocol.

The Bruins’ games Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres and Tuesday against the New York Islanders were postponed and team facilities are closed until at least Wednesday. They’re the 36th and 37th games to be postponed this season for virus-related reasons.

Boston’s Sean Kuraly was the team’s only player on the COVID list Thursday. The Bruins played Thursday night against the Sabres, who had a staff member enter protocol.

The Bruins game Tuesday was scheduled to be the first in Massachusetts with fans back – at a limited capacity of 12%.

The pause gives the Sabres a three-day break before they play at the New York Rangers on Monday. It’s Buffalo’s longest rest since the team’s schedule was paused for two weeks in early February.

The Sabres have lost 13 in a row and fired coach Ralph Krueger after the 12th loss.

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