NHL: Brutal snowstorm postpones NHL game at Boston

A fierce blizzard powered by hurriance-strength winds that struck the northeastern United States forced the postponement of Saturday's scheduled National Hockey League game at Boston.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins were to have played on Saturday but a state of emergency remains in effect in Boston as the city tries to dig out from the massive snowdrifts that have paralyzed the region.

Both teams and the officials assigned to work the game had arrived in the city but travel conditions remained too hazardous for stadium workers, security personnel and spectators to reach the arena, a league statement said.

No make-up date was immediately announced for the matchup of division leaders. The Lightning, 6-4, top the Southeast division while the Bruins, 7-1-1, pace the Northeast division.