Bruins schedule postponed after 5 players benched for COVID, fans disappointed

BOSTON — The Bruins schedule got postponed on Friday after five players we benched due to COVID. They are Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, David Pastrnak, and Craig Smith who joined Sean Kuraly as the Bruins players on the COVID-19 list.

“A little bump in the road,” said Michael Minichello, who is the manager at Banners just outside the Garden.

“Tuesday was the first home game. We were all excited, really ramped up for it so,” said Minichello.

But with five players now on the COVID list the B’s game on Tuesday is on hold. So, Banners just outside the Garden will take a hit.

“Now we gotta scale back staff and roll with it like we’ve been rolling with it since August,” said Minichello.

Fans are also disappointed. “Pretty bummed out. I was looking forward to making it to a game or two,” said Brendan King of Boston.

But most people are understanding, especially when it comes to COVID.

“I get it… they’re postponing the games because they had COVID,” said Nick Coscia of Stoneham.

Other fans say they are now left looking for ways to keep busy.

“Play some guitar and whatever my wife asks me to do,” said Jim Peterson who is an avid fan.

When the Bruins do play, it means a couple of thousand people can now sit in the Garden, and for local businesses, that adds up to a lot of people and business they haven’t seen in a while.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, it got a little dimmer because of Tuesday but it’s definitely sunshine and not a train,” said Minichello.

“Following subsequent testing in Buffalo, the Boston Bruins traveled back to Boston yesterday evening and are expected to self-quarantine through Tuesday per NHL COVID protocols,” the Bruins said in a statement released Saturday.

“Players who entered the COVID-19 protocol did not travel with the team. After communication and cooperation with the League and NHLPA, all of those players have safely returned to Boston.

“The Boston Bruins will continue to work with the NHL and medical experts to follow all recommended guidelines in place to protect the community, players and staff.”

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