The Carolina Hurricanes were forced to postpone Monday's game against the Detroit Red Wings due to an issue with the system that maintains ice surface temperature at PNC Arena.
About 15 minutes before the scheduled 19:00 (local time) puck drop, the Hurricanes announced an estimated delay of "at least one hour" as arena staff worked to fix a leak in a cooling compressor.
But the repair work took significantly longer than that, much to the chagrin of restless fans in attendance. The decision to call off the game was made nearly two hours later.
Hurricanes president Don Waddell addressed the area 15 minutes into the delay to announce the system had been repaired. Two updates followed, but the temperature at ice level failed to cool in time to salvage the compromised playing surface.
The game will be rescheduled, the Hurricanes said.
It was to be the first of a back-to-back for the Red Wings, who are scheduled to travel to Tampa Bay for a 19:30 (local time) puck drop on Tuesday against the Lightning.
The NHL's collective bargaining agreement stipulates a minimum of 22 hours between the start of two games, so 21:30 would have been the cut off for Monday's contest to start.