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A lights-out Beanpot at TD Garden

The TD Garden lights went out midway through the first period because of a power outage. Jim Davis/Globe Staff

A February snowstorm could not stop the championship of the 2016 Beanpot from being played. But a power outage to the overhead arena lights almost did.

Both Boston University and Boston College came out with high energy. BU goalie Sean Maguire was peppered early and often, recording 14 saves. BC was on the attack again when the lights at TD Garden dimmed, and then went out with 8:53 remaining in the first period.

Exasperated BC players raised their hands as action was stopped, and both teams skated to their benches. Eventually, the teams retreated to the locker rooms as maintenance crews scrambled.


After a 28-minute delay, most of the lighting was back up and running, and the teams returned to the ice and resumed the first period.

The outage was reminiscent of Game 4 of the 1988 Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and the Edmonton Oilers at the old Boston Garden. The game, tied at 3-3 in the second period when the lights went out, was canceled and replayed in Edmonton two days later. Edmonton won the game, 6-3, and took the finals in a sweep.

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Emergency lights lit up the Boston Garden in May 1988 after a power outage during a Stanley Cup Final game between the Bruins and Oilers.John TlumackiGlobe Staff/File

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