Update 12:56 p.m.: Krejci spoke to reporters in the Bruins’ dressing room and said repeatedly that he expects to be ready for Game 2 on Saturday afternoon against the Capitals.
“I think I’ll play tomorrow,” Krejci said. “I got a little sore neck but other than that I’m good and I’ll play tomorrow.”
Boston Coach Claude Julien made the same comments a little later, stating that Krejci is “scheduled to play tomorrow” and that the center had only experienced some stiffness in his neck.
“We’re fortunate it wasn’t worse,” Julien said.
Asked if he had been tested for a concussion, Krejci paused and only said “Um, I feel good.”
Krejci couldn’t completely explain what happened when the glass fell on him, because it caught him by surprise as much as it did everyone else.
“I guess fans got kind of carried away from [Kelly’s] goal and it just happened, glass fell,” Krejci said. “I look, like what happen? Because I didn’t expect that.... Then I got up, skate away and that’s about it.”
Original post: The Bruins are on the ice at TD Garden Friday morning with one notable absence: top-line center David Krejci, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time at the end of Game 1.
After Chris Kelly’s overtime game winner clinched a 1-0 win, the Bruins gathered in celebration behind the Washington net. The Garden crowd was rocking – maybe a little too much.
Fans accidentally pushed a pane of glass out of the boards and sent it crashing down on top of Krejci, hitting the unsuspecting Czech centerman in the back of the head. Below you’ll find a video of the mishap (via Japers’ Rink).
The severity of Krejci’s injury is unknown at this point but it’s definitely not a good sign that he’s not on the ice this morning. For this practice, the Bruins’ top line consists of Milan Lucic, Rich Peverley skating at center and Jordan Caron.
Updates to follow once the Bruins are off the ice. In the meantime, here’s the video.
More on the Capitals:
— The hit heard’round the NHL
— Game 1: Capitals fall to Bruins in OT
— Ovechkin needs to focus on offense
— Nothing but praise for Braden Holtby
— Photos: Scenes from Game 1 at TD Garden
— Interactive: Capitals vs. Bruins shot tracker.