After Chris Kelly scored in overtime in Game 1 of the Boston Bruins' opening-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals to give the Bruins a 1-0 series lead, everyone was all smiles in Boston. Everyone, that is, except for Bruins forward David Krejci.
Following the win, the Bruins celebrated near their goalie Tim Thomas, but in the midst of the celebration, the Boston faithful pounded on the glass so hard that a pane fell out and landed on Krejci. His teammates scrambled to check on him and help him up after what turned into a very scary situation.
Krejci got to his feet quickly and appeared to be fine, so the Bruins seem to have averted disaster. Losing Krejci for any period of time would have been a major blow to the Bruins' chances of winning their second consecutive Stanley Cup as he has tallied 62 points in two straight seasons as one of Boston's top centers.
Update: Joe Haggerty covers sports for CSNNE, and he tweeted the health status of Krejci.
David Krejci "day to day" according to Peter Chiarelli after getting hit w/pane of glass. No determination made on Game 2 yet #BruinsTalk— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) April 13, 2012
Although the fact that the glass panel may be more of an indictment of whoever reinforced them than anything, it is also a testament to how raucous the crowd was. Even though the Bruins broke a long drought by winning the Cup last year, the team's fans are still hungrier than ever and clearly want Lord Stanley's Cup to remain in Beantown.
I'm sure the Bruins' on-ice staff and the NHL as a whole will take a long, hard look at the glass prior to Game 2 to ensure that something like this doesn't happen again. Player safety needs to be a top concern, and since Boston's fans aren't likely to tone it down any time soon, every possible precaution needs to be taken.
There is no chance that a pane of glass falling on Krejci ever crossed his mind before, but if the Bruins happen to score in overtime at home again during this series, perhaps Krejci and the team as a whole will be a bit more mindful of how and where they celebrate. In fact, a center-ice celebration would probably be a lot safer for everyone involved.
When the Bruins won the Cup last season, they did it in Vancouver, so Boston's fans didn't have a chance to rock the TD Garden. If the Bruins happen to turn the trick two seasons in a row and close it out at home, though, there's a chance the whole house could come crashing down.