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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 06:09

Chris Kelly Out Six To Eight Months With Broken Left Leg

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Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly will likely be out for the rest of the season after breaking his leg during Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Stars.

Kelly broke the femur bone in his left leg after taking an awkward fall during his first shift of the game.  The injury occurred at 1:40 of the first period in Boston’s 5-3 loss at home to the Stars.

 

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney issued a statement soon during the final period of the game:

“Chris (Kelly) sustained a left femur fracture in the first period of the Bruins/Stars game on Tuesday, November 3 and was transported to Mass General Hospital.  He will undergo surgery on Wednesday, November 4 at Mass General Hospital and his expected recovery time is between six and eight months.”

Kelly had played in all 11 games for the Bruins this season, scoring two goals (including one shorthanded goal) with a +3 rating.  The 34-year-old was acquired by Boston during the 2010-11 season, and in 288 games with the Bruins has scored 43 goals and 58 assists.  His career year came in 2011-12, when he scored 20 goals and 19 assists with an outstanding +33 rating, which was tied for the third-best plus/minus rating in the NHL.  Amazingly, the top five players in plus/minus during that season were on the Bruins (Patrice Bergeron +36, Tyler Seguin +34, Kelly and Zdeno Chara +33, Brad Marchand +31).

Kelly’s veteran leadership and presence on the ice will definitely be missed by this young Bruins squad this season.  Although many fans believe that he is overpaid and should not be given the ice time that he’s received in recent years, the assistant captain had obviously gained the trust of head coach Claude Julien over his time in Boston.  Kelly was an integral part of both of Boston’s runs to the Stanley Cup in 2011 and 2013, and was a vital part of the penalty killing unit and third line for the Bruins.

His injury could give an opportunity to either Alexander Khokhlachev or Frank Vatrano, who are among the league leaders in points scored in the American Hockey League for Boston’s affiliate in Providence, RI.  Khokhlachev was called up prior to Tuesday’s game to replace a struggling David Pastrnak, and could remain with the team now that Kelly is out for the remainder of the year.

 

 

 

Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.