Boston, MA --
It took the rest of the second period – and a bit of the third period, too – to clean up all the shattered glass from Milan Lucic
’s hit to Mike Van Ryn
in Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Bruins big forward didn’t get the chance to take any of it home.
“It would have been nice to have a piece of the glass,” he said after this morning’s optional pre-game skate. “That would have been cool.”
There was certainly enough of it.
"The Hit," which occurred just 20 seconds into the second period of the game, has caused quite a stir. Lucic said he got a lot of calls and texts after friends and family saw it on TSN in Canada.
“They were all just like ‘Holy Smokes,” he said after a Friday morning practice at Ristuccia. “One guys said, ‘Did you work out enough this summer?’”
It wasn’t all fun and games, of course, particularly for the brother and sister who wound up with some cuts and bruises from the shattered glass – and, you know, almost had two NHL hockey players land on them.
Obviously, the moment could have taken on a whole new connotation, but Lucic said he went to visit the pair yesterday, and brought them some Bruins gifts. The grateful winger reported that there were a few stitches, but the pair was in good spirits.
“They were really happy everything was okay, and it was fun to (talk) with them,” said Lucic.
Ironically, Thursday night’s game was their first hockey game.
“I don’t even know the last time the glass broke in the Garden from a hit,” said Lucic. “I told them usually it doesn’t happen like that.”
No, shatterproof glass tends not to shatter, and the uniqueness of the event has given the hit some major "viral" legs. At the end of the second period, a quick online search had already yielded at least five videos of the play.
More have been added, and the footage is likely to be in many a highlight reel.
“If you looked at my face, it looks like I looked in awe because of the glass breaking,” said Lucic. “I was surprised it broke, but it’s kind of a cool feeling.”
It was a different feeling than a normal hit, Lucic explained.
“Usually when you hit someone into the glass, you just bounce off and keep going,” he said. “But this time…I could hear the fans, it sounded like they were on the ice screaming.”
It turns out, though, that the shattered glass wasn’t only the result of Lucic’s strength; Van Ryn’s stick hit the top of the glass – the most vulnerable part of the pane – and the combined pressure caused the explosion.
“Not to take anything away from the hit,” Lucic said with a grin.