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Pretzel thrown during Bruins/Devils shootout


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Pretzel thrown on ice at Bruins/Devils Game

A sleepy night on Causeway Street, one that had the Bruins pointed straight to bed with a goose egg under their pillows, erupted late Tuesday into a crazy six-round shootout that included: 1.) a flying pretzel; 2.) an old fashioned backyard rink kind of do-over and 3). a 2-1 Bruins victory over New Jersey that improved Boston’s record to a near-flawless 5-0-1 to start the new season.

With Tyler Seguin the leadoff hitter in the shootout, someone in the soldout TD Garden stands fired the doughy treat (wrapped, one large, condiments unknown) toward New Jersey netminder Johan Hedberg. As the offending appetizer slid across the crease and behind Hedberg, the onrushing Seguin stayed hungry for the net and finished off with a forehand stuff that should have been good for the 1-0 lead in the extra session.

But not so fast. Hedberg clearly hadn’t seen the skittering pretzel, but referees Marc Joannette and Mark Lemelin, strutting their officiating mustard and overall sense of fairness, quickly ordered a do-over for Seguin.

“Never had one of those before,’’ said the third-year marksman, who scored his first goal of the season only the night before in Raleigh. “That’s a first. I’m still not sure what that was . . . a hot dog, maybe? Maybe a water bottle? I don’t know. I was just hoping the guy who threw it had a Devils logo on his sweatshirt and he wasn’t a Bruins fan. Whatever . . . someone looked up the rule and it was a do-over.’’

The menu cleared, the table set with the puck placed at center ice, Seguin promptly took his dough-over and finished off this time with a nifty backhander at the left post to put the Bruins ahead on points, but only briefly. Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey’s leadoff hitter, followed immediately with a doorstep forehander over Tuukka Rask’s glove hand. Like a pretzel, this one was knotted.



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