My brother passes along this press release from the NHL:
NHL AND BRUINS ANNOUNCE CHANGES IN GAME FORMAT FOR TONIGHT'S
GAME AT TD BANKNORTH GARDEN
TORONTO/BOSTON (October 25, 2008) - The Boston Bruins and National Hockey League announced a change in game format for their game tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers at TD Banknorth Garden.
The third period in tonight's game will be split, with the team's
switching ends at the first stoppage in play after the 10-minute mark of
the period. The Bruins and Thrashers will begin the third period in the
same ends that they finished the second period. Following the first
stoppage after the 10-minute mark of the third period, the teams will
switch ends, and the face-off will take place on the opposite side of where
The change in format is occurring due to incorrect markings on the
West End (visitors bench side) of the TD Banknorth Garden ice. In the West End, the two face-off dots are 24 feet from the goal line - four feet longer than NHL specifications. The corresponding face-off circles are also four feet further away from the goal line.
The ice sheet will be replaced prior to the Bruins next game on
Saturday, Nov. 1.
This never would have happened if all NHL games were played at neutral sites.