Bruins forward David Krejci said he’s fine after fans couldn’t contain their excitement on Thursday night and dislodged a pane of glass that smashed him across the head and neck, NESN reported.
Krejci and his teammates celebrated after beating the Washington Capitals in overtime in Game 1 of their NHL playoff game at TD Gardens.
As the Bruins celebrated behind the Capitals’ net, fans began pounding on the glass above the boards. One of the panes fell and knocked Krejci to the ice.
“I didn't expect that would happen,” Krejci told NESN. “I have a little sore neck, but other than that I’m good and I’ll play (Saturday).”
Krejci missed Bruins’ practice on Friday as a precaution, the Boston Globe said.
Coach Claude Julien said the team is fortunate nothing more happened.
“With the weight of that glass, it could have been a lot worse,” Julien told the Globe. “It could have been a lot more damaging, but he’s fine. We probably dodged a bullet there.”
The whole building erupted after Chris Kelly scored for a 1-0 victory.
The players all left the bench to celebrate with Kelly behind Washington’s goal.
Krejci, a 25-year-old Czech Republic native, did need stiches on his face after the game, but that was from an earlier high-sticking incident.
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was near Krejci when the glass struck him.
“I thought it came down on his leg,” Thomas said, the Toronto Sun reported. “I was concerned because I saw his leg under there. I had no idea it came down on his head.”
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