The final highlight at TD Garden Thursday night was eerily reminiscent of a commercial that used to air on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada roughly a decade ago.
Amidst the Boston Bruins’ celebration of Chris Kelly’s sudden-death strike that beat the Washington Capitals 1-0 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, top-six pivot David Krejci was hit from behind by a dislodged pane of glass.
The morning after the incident, Krejci sat out the Bruins’ practice and was declared day-to-day by general manager Peter Chiarelli.
But early Friday afternoon, the Boston Herald quoted Krejci and head coach Claude Julien as saying there will be no need for a lineup shuffle for Saturday afternoon’s Game 2.
“I’ve got a little sore neck, but other than that I’m good and I’ll play tomorrow,” Krejci told the newspaper’s website.
Added Julien, “In a way were kind of fortunate that it wasn’t worse than what it is. With the weight of that glass, it probably could have been a lot worse and it could have been a lot more damaging. But like I’ve said, he’s fine and we probably dodged a bullet there.”
Krejci was one of the Bruins’ quieter performers in Game 1, drawing a sharp contrast to his NHL playoff resume. He was one of only four skaters not to throw a shot at Capitals rookie goaltender Braden Holtby.
In his career, Krejci has tallied 19 goals and 44 points in 53 Stanley Cup games. He led the team with 12 strikes and 23 points in 25 games en route to the team’s championship in 2011.
With his newly favorable status for Game 2, second-year pro and spare forward Jordan Caron’s would-be playoff debut will be put on hold. And the Czech center, along with linemates Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley, will have their chance to make a bigger splash on the score sheet.