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Boston arena officials investigating glass mishap

A pane falls out onto Boston Bruins center David Krejci, of the Czech Republic, as Bruins players and fans celebrate the Bruins' 1-0 victory in overtime against the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Boston, Thursday, April 12, 2012.

Elise Amendola

Officials with Boston's TD Garden are looking into why a piece of glass came loose after Thursday's overtime win and injured Boston Bruins centre David Krejci.

The bizarre incident happened not long after Bruins teammate Chris Kelly scored the winning goal and the entire team was celebrating behind the Washington Capitals net.

With fans pounding on the end glass, it came free from the boards and landed on Krejci, who is expected to be able to play in Game 2 on Saturday.

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"I guess fans... kind of got carried away from the Kells goal and it just happened," Krejci said. "The glass fell."

"We're kind of fortunate that it wasn't worse than what it is," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "With the weight of that glass it could have been a lot worse. But... he's fine and we probably dodged a bullet there."

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TD Garden's director of public relations Tricia McCorkle said they're working to prevent something similar from happening again.

"It was an unfortunate accident, and we are taking every precaution possible to ensure it does not happen again," McCorkle said. "We are undergoing a full inspection of our dasher system and consulting with the manufacturer and the NHL.

"We are regretful of the situation and are happy to hear David Krejci is okay."

Krejci missed practice on Friday morning, and GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters afterwards that he was day-to-day.

"I got a little sore neck, but other than that I'm good and I'll play tomorrow," Krejci said.

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"He's fine," Julien said. "He was a little bit stiff around the neck area this morning. He was scheduled to skate and I talked to the trainer and together we came to terms that it was better if he stayed off [and]felt even better tomorrow."

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