Kelly (fractured tibia) skates at TD Garden

Kelly (fractured tibia) skates at TD Garden
April 1, 2013, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON -- The Bruins got some good news as Chris Kelly got onto the ice and skated a few twirls on Monday morning at TD Garden. Kelly (fractured tibia) revealed that both he and Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (right shoulder strain) skated this morning.

"Adam and I both skated this morning and it felt pretty good to be out there," said Kelly.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has maintained all along that Kelly would be back before the end of the regular season, and Kelly's ability to get on the ice and skate for a bit is a pretty encouraging indication of that.

"We're expecting that he'll be back prior to the end of the regular season," said Chiarelli. "His injury could have been a lot worse than it ended up being."

Kelly has been out for over a month after fracturing his leg in a knee-on-knee hit with Chris Neil in a win over the Senators. The Bruins were 17-3-3 when Kelly went down against the Sens and they've struggled as a .500 hockey team ever since with a 5-5-1 record.

"He's a guy that certainly makes me a better player, and we really miss his positioning and hockey smarts," said Rich Peverley. "It's great news he's back on the ice, and we hope he's back soon."

While Kelly might be able to get back before the end of the regular season, the shoulder injury to McQuaid might keep him out through the end of the regular season.