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NHL players, including Vegas Golden Knights, agree to postpone playoffs amid social injustice calls

Stanley Cup Playoffs scheduled to return Saturday
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Posted at 3:13 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 08:34:09-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The NHL and its players have agreed to postpone the Stanley Cup Playoffs until Aug. 29 amid calls for social injustice boycotts.

That means that the game between the Vegas Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks will not be played Thursday evening along with three others.

Thursday’s game was Game 3 in the series for the Knights and Canucks. The games are scheduled to continue on Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta.

Watch NHL players and coaches in Edmonton Thursday press conference below:

For a recap of the series so far, the Knights won the first game against the Canucks 5-0, but dropped Game 2 5-2. The loss for the Knights was their second loss in the postseason in 10 contests.

The team has averaged 3.66 goals per game and Shea Theodore leads the Knights in points in the playoffs with 4 goals and 7 assists. Mark Stone has 5 goals and 5 assists and Reilly Smith has 4 goals and 6 assists.

Earlier, the Hockey Diversity Alliance formally asked the NHL to suspend all playoff games. Additionally, the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders were among the scheduled games.

Professional sports teams have been postponing their games this week as part of the protest against what happened to Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

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Blake was shot multiple times by a police officer during an encounter.

It started with the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to boycott their playoff game. Soon after, the NBA announced it would postpone Game 5 of three different playoff series.

After that, the WNBA, five Major League Soccer and three Major League baseball games were called off.

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