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The NHL will end its Lake Tahoe outdoor game between the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights at 9 p.m. local time (midnight ET) after being halted after the first period due to deteriorating ice conditions

Puck drop was under intense sunshine at 12:12 PM PT, the snow around the rink melting and causing ice problems. The Avalanche led the Golden Knights 1-0 after the first half after a goal from defender Samuel Girard The teams went to their locker rooms and stayed there until NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the game would be over later on Saturday

“We knew unabated sunshine was a problem,” said Bettman on NBC, shifting completion of the game to NBCSN. “After consulting with our ice makers and both teams, we did not find it safe or appropriate to have this game at this one Resuming timing Some of the players wanted to keep playing Others were more concerned I thought it wise to stop now “

Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog said his team was ready to step back but was withdrawn by league officials

The ice rink opened on the shores of Lake Tahoe on Jan. Hole built on a golf course at Edgewood Tahoe Resort The NHL had temporary lights on cranes around the rink, and Bettman was confident the league had enough lights for the night game

The NHL decided Saturday morning to reschedule the Sunday outdoor game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins from 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET due to start time until 4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET Another sunny day

The NHL originally postponed the game an hour early because of concerns about the sun during the week

This created a planning domino effect The New Jersey Devils vs. The Washington Capitals game has been postponed from 7pm ET to 2pm ET to fill in the void left by rescheduling the outdoor game The Bruins vs. Flyers game has been moved to NBCSN

“This was the toughest weather we have ever had – and it’s a beautiful day,” said Bettman. “Clouds are everywhere, but where the sun is”

The first sign of trouble came when the Flyers and Bruins rescheduled their outdoor exercises indoors at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena on Saturday morning, according to Flyers trainer Alain Vigneault, the exercises were postponed to improve the quality of the outdoor ice as it was in rough condition after two sessions on Friday

Later, when the sun was shining on the rink, players and officials seemed to trip over ruts in the first period of the game.The snowfall covering the golf course near the rink had been two since the morning of South Lake Tahoe overnight until five inches of snowfall had melted considerably

Some have wondered why the NHL started their game in the middle of the day when the sun might have been a problem NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN on Saturday that the original start times were collaborating some time ago NBC have been designated “to open the available windows and to maximize distribution and impact””

Daly said the league has not hesitated to adjust these start times “to maximize player safety” and to ensure the game can be completed

“The decision to move tomorrow’s game to 11am first and then until 4:30 pm was made based on what we understood that the weather forecast for tomorrow was forecasting for tomorrow, today’s forecast was that it would be partly cloudy in the afternoon would, with temperatures in the 30’s. When we got to the rink, we had every reason to believe we could make the game, “he said

On the restart of Saturday’s game at 9 p.m. local time – and midnight back on the east coast – Daly said that “totally depends on when our ice team believed” that the teams could safely finish the game

“Given tomorrow’s forecast, our only other option was to go very early tomorrow morning – 7 a.m. local This was seen as a better alternative to ensure a full day of ice care tomorrow before the game at 4:30 a.m.”, he said

Daly said the lighting for the night game had been tested and was “more than adequate and even more coverage and brightness than many of our indoor arenas”

The NHL announced contingency plans before the game if “unplayable weather conditions” existed “Among them: That the game will be considered” official “after two periods and that the team that leads if the game is interrupted will be declared the winner. p>

If the score is a tie if play is paused after two periods of play, each team will be awarded an overall standings point and the winner will be determined by a shootout.This shootout would occur immediately after the game ended at the Lake Tahoe Rink or, if conditions do not permit, at the Ball Arena in Denver on the Monday prior to the regular game between the Golden Knights and Avalanche

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Source: https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/30935628/poor-ice-conditions-delay-nhl-lake-tahoe-outdoor-game-saturday-night-shifts-sunday-game