The Stanley Cup Playoff crowd is known for being louder than the NHL’s regular-season crowd. The TD Garden crowd brought that performance to life in Friday’s Game 3 of the Boston Bruins’ first round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, resulting in a scary injury.
After Bruins right winger David Pastrnak scored late in the second half to give Boston a 3-1 lead over Carolina, the fans seated near the penalty area repeatedly hit back with enough force the glass to finally knock loose a plate. The panel hit timeout coordinator Joe Foley in the head, causing him to collapse.
Rescue workers immediately rushed to Foley, put a neck brace on him and carried him off on a stretcher – a process that halted play for about five minutes. Both brown bears and hurricanes offered their support on Twitter.
This is how the unfortunate scene went:
According to the Boston globeFoley went to a local hospital as a precaution and was found fine.
Security reportedly escorted a fan out of the area after the incident, but it’s unclear if the dismissal was directly related to Foley’s injury. The NHL advises fans not to bang the glass as it could lead to dangerous situations like those experienced by Foley on Friday.
The Bruins eventually defeated the Hurricanes 4-2 and trailed 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday at 12:30pm ET on ESPN and you can stream the game on fuboTV (try it for free).