Broken glass doesn’t break Panthers’ rally over Red Wings

SUNRISE, Fla. — If the Florida Panthers score a goal and fans behind the net can’t see it, does it count?

Midway through the third period of Florida’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night, Nick Bjugstad broke a panel of glass behind the Red Wings net.

But the plexiglass the Panthers maintenance team prepared to bring out broke on the way to the ice. For the sake of being expedient, the crew had no choice but to grab the nearest piece of glass — which still had adhesive attached to one side.


Florida’s staffers re-located fans who were seated behind the net.

The opaque panel only blocked the view of one goal: Bjugstad’s tying tally with 5:22 left in the third period.

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon remarked following the game he had never seen anything like it before in his 46 years of hockey.

The maintenance crew changed out the glass one more time before overtime began.

Its a good thing, too, otherwise fans would have missed out on Aleksander Barkov’s highlight-reel shootout goal.