Now that Chris Kelly has officially signed a deal keeping him in Boston for the next four seasons it’s time to honor the fourth greatest Bruin in Bruins history (Orr, Bourque, Neely) with the seven days of Chris Kelly.
Over the course of the next seven days Bruins Daily will be recapping some of the best moments in Chris Kelly’s Bruins career to date.
Today for Day 2 we look at Chris Kelly and “The Chain”
The Bruins opened up the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Washington Capitals. The Capitals were playing some good hockey as they entered the playoffs and everyone around Boston knew that this series wouldn’t be the cakewalk some people around the country where saying it would be.
Due to injuries to goalies Michael Neuvirth and Tomas Vokoun the Capitals had to start the series with a rookie goalie who had no prior NHL playoff experience, no one knew what to expect from the Capitals Braden Holtby.
Holtby surprised everyone stopping all 29 shots he saw through regulation, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was just as good as he too stopped all the shots he saw through three periods. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals headed to overtime scoreless, that’s when Chris Kelly made noise, and made noise in a big way.
Kelly raced up the left wing and launched a rocket of a slap shot that managed to find the back of the net giving the Bruins a 1-0 win in Game 1, and a 1-0 series lead.
“I think so. I think I was probably the most surprised in the building. Like I said, I think it might have went off the defenseman’s stick a little bit and changed up” said Kelly. “Goalies are so good now that I think that the days of going down the wing and beating a goalie with a shot or a long pass. I was pleasantly surprised to see it go in.”
It’s no doubt that the goal was the biggest of Kelly’s Bruins career, here’s to hoping No. 23 scores bigger goals in the next four seasons.
During their Stanley Cup run “The Jacket” was handed out each win to the best player of the game, it was a great idea that helped an already close group bond.
As we sat in the Bruins locker room awaiting players to speak with the media, a loud dangling noise could be heard in the distance. That’s when we were first introduced to “The Chain” which had 20 links symbolizing that there are no weak links in the chain and the same goes for an NHL hockey team.