Kelly on missed empty net: 'Game of inches'

Kelly on missed empty net: 'Game of inches'
June 20, 2013, 4:15 pm
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BOSTON – Chris Kelly was a little bit confused when he heard the goal horn ring out late in the second period.

“I knew I didn’t score, but when the horn blew I thought the period was over,” said Kelly. “There was like 40 seconds left, so it fooled me a little bit there. But it didn’t throw me off like I thought it was a goal. It was gone [from my mind] until you guys brought it up so thanks for that.”

Kelly's missed shot came with the Bruins storming the Blackhawks though still trailing by a 4-3 score. Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley used pinpoint passing to set up Kelly camped right in front of the net. Corey Crawford was out of the crease after challenging Peverley on the right wing, but Kelly missed wide left on a vacant net after Peverley slid the puck over to him. Michael Rozsival was in the area of the shot, but didn’t really affect it all that much.

Kelly simply missed the bunny.

The B’s 32-year-old third line center lost a golden opportunity to tie the game at the end of the period, and – in hindsight – a goal that could have been the difference between a regulation win and an overtime loss. Despite all of that, it was something Kelly could joke about after playing a solid 18:52 for a third line that was once again pretty good, even in defeat.

“It is what it is,” said Kelly. “It would have been nice to put that in, but it’s a game of inches. You just move forward because there’s nothing you can about things like that. There’s no sense in dwelling on individual plays like that. There are more important things to worry about.”

Kelly had a two-game point streak in the Cup Final until Wednesday night, but he wasn’t the only one. Brad Marchand also spent part of Thursday lamenting a missed scoring chance in overtime that could have won the game in Boston until Brent Seabrook cracked the game-winner for the Blackhawks.