The two teams had been scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday night in Toronto, one of the NHL’s two hubs.
But when the opening game in Toronto between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets went to a fifth overtime tied at 2-2, the Bruins and Hurricanes were sent back to their hotel rooms and told they would face off Wednesday morning.
The Lightning and Blue Jackets began their game at 3:30 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Arena. They remained tied 2-2 after four overtimes more than five hours later, when the NHL announced they would not keep Boston and Carolina waiting around any longer “due to the length of the Lightning-Blue Jackets game.”
Tampa Bay won 3-2 when Brayden Point scored at 10:27 during the fifth overtime.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.