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Bruins postpone two games after four more players enter COVID protocol

David Pastrnak is one of the four players to enter COVID protocol.

Kevin Hoffman
Bruins forward Craig Smith celebrated after scoring a goal against the Sabres Thursday night.

The National Hockey League announced Friday that as a result of four additional Bruins players entering the league’s COVID protocols, the team’s games Saturday at the Sabres and Tuesday against the Islanders will be postponed.

Forwards David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci, and Craig Smith were the four players to enter the league’s COVID protocol. They join forward Sean Kuraly, who tested positive for COVID-19, in the league’s protocol.

It’s unclear if any of the four players who entered protocol on Friday tested positive or if they entered protocol due to being a close contact. DeBrusk, Krejci, and Smith all played on the same line in Thursday’s win over the Sabres.

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Pending test results in the coming days, it is expected the Bruins will re-open their facilities for practice on Wednesday, March 24. The decision was made by the league’s, NHLPA’s, and club’s medical groups.

The organization will continue to follow all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its players, staff, and community as set by the NHL, local, state, and national agencies.

The Bruins canceled their morning skate on Thursday after Kuraly tested positive, but went on to play the Sabres Thursday night.

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