The Rangers beat the Capitals 4–3 on Sunday to force a Game 7, but that game won't happen until Wednesday, giving the teams a rare two days off.
You might think the extra day is for hockey-related reasons—perhaps to give the teams a chance to rest or reset, or to account for travel. But in reality, it all comes down to Bette Midler.
There was also a two-day break between Games 5 and 6 of the Lightning-Canadiens series. According to the New York Daily News, this is because Midler's Divine Intervention tour stops at the Lightning's Amalie Arena on Monday. So that pushes Game 6 in Tampa to Tuesday and Game 7 of Capitals-Rangers to Wednesday.
This isn't the first time Amalie Arena's entertainment has messed with the NHL playoff schedule this year. Last week, the Lightning got hit with playoff games on back-to-back nights because of a Nitro Circus show that ended up being canceled.
But the Rangers and Capitals don't have to worry about Midler conflicting at their home arenas. Her tour doesn't stop at Madison Square Garden or the Verizon Center until late June.
- Molly Geary