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Face-off circle issues cause game format change
Face-off circle issues cause game format change
The format of the Bruins game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night was changed because of incorrect faceoff markings at one end of TD Banknorth Garden.

In the third period, the teams switched ends following the first stoppage in play after the 10-minute mark.

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Milan Lucic completed his first career hat trick with 1:41 to play in the third period, lifting the Bruins to a 5-4 comeback win over the Thrashers.

The Bruins issued a statement about 40 minutes before the game that said "the change in format is occurring due to incorrect markings on the West End of the TD Banknorth Garden ice. ... The two face-off dots are 24 feet from the goal line — 4 feet longer than NHL specifications."

"A member of the media brought it to the attention of one of our assistant coaches after the morning skate," Bruins director of communications Matt Chmura said. "Then we brought it to the attention of the Garden."

Chmura would not identify the media member.

This was the third home game for the Bruins, who opened the season Monday against Pittsburgh, hosted Toronto on Thursday. Boston also played a pair of preseason games on the Garden ice.

The PA announcer informed the fans of the format change early in the opening period.

"Of the many tasks the Garden operations team is called upon to perform each season, painting and marking the ice sheet is one of the more routine and straightforward," TD Banknorth Garden president John Wentzell said in the statement. "Therefore, this oversight is simply an inexcusable and disappointing error for which we apologize to the Boston Bruins and the NHL at-large."

The Bruins said the error will be corrected before the next home game, Nov. 1 against Dallas.

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