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NHL official struck by falling glass at TD Garden, taken off on stretcher

An attendant in one of the penalty boxes at TD Garden was struck by a pane of glass knocked loose during the celebration of the Bruins' third goal on Friday.TNT Screenshot

Late in the second period of the Bruins-Hurricanes Game 3 at TD Garden, timeout coordinator Joe Foley was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he was injured by a pane of glass which fell into the penalty box.

Foley appeared to be hit in the head and shoulders by the glass, which was shaken loose by fans celebrating David Pastrnak’s goal at 14:53, which made it 3-1, Bruins.

The game paused for approximately five minutes as trainers and medical personnel put a neck brace on Foley, who was moving and talking, and loaded him onto a stretcher.

Security escorted a fan from the area.


The NHL has periodically reminded fans throughout the years that banging on the glass is dangerous, and can do harm to others. The panes along the boards are designed to be removed, and to flex from contact from hits.

In the Bruins’ 2012 playoff series against the Capitals, a Game 1 celebration saw fans dislodge a pane of glass, which fell on former Bruins center David Krejci. He was not injured.

Matt Porter can be reached at matthew.porter@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter: @mattyports.