The original AP report seemed to give tonight’s glass breaking credit to Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux, but after watching this video, it looks more like Kimmo Timonen was the glass shattering culprit.
Regardless of whomever broke the glass, it’s always fun to look at something like that (at least when it doesn’t appear that any fans were hurt).
Ultimately, the slightly odd decision to play the final two minutes of the first period after a first intermission before playing the second really didn’t make much of a difference. The Flyers absolutely trampled them by a score of 6-1 anyway. (Read more about the first 11 games from Wednesday’s slate here.)
You can see the broken pane of glass in this post’s main image (a screen shot from the CSN telecast) but why not watch the full video itself?
Here it is, via NHL.com.
Sometimes, a broken pane of glass can be a blessing for hockey fans: it acts as an unofficial timeout for both teams and (perhaps most importantly) an extra opportunity for a bathroom break for those with compromised bladders. Then again, it’s also a break from the action that often means that a typically efficient hockey game will go on quite a bit longer.
But tonight’s Philadelphia Flyers-Minnesota Wild game was an odd one, as a broken pane of glass caused such a slowdown that officials actually decided to send both teams to their locker rooms.
So instead of playing the second period right after the Zamboni resurfacing, the two teams played the near-two minute excess of the first before the second could begin. Here is a little more background on the situation, via the Associated Press.
The remaining 1:57 of the first period will be played right before the second period begins.
With the Flyers leading 2-0, Philadelphia forward Claude Giroux came out of his end and fired a shot from near center ice that shattered the glass along the side boards by the right circle.
As the shards of glass were shoveled by the arena crew, officials sent the teams to their dressing rooms.
It doesn’t appear that the break really made a difference. No goals were scored during that extra time period and the Flyers hold a 3-1 lead going into the third period.