Kelly traveling to Pittsburgh after 'accidental' hit to leg

Kelly traveling to Pittsburgh after 'accidental' hit to leg
March 11, 2013, 11:30 pm
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KANATA, ON – The Bruins have been remarkably healthy this season, but that good fortune might have finally run out as the NHL schedule starts to get heavy for them.

Chris Kelly absorbed a knee-on-knee hit in the second period courtesy of Chris Neil in the neutral zone, and couldn’t put any weight on his left leg after being helped off the ice and down the runway to the Bruins dressing room.

The third line center never returned to the B’s 3-2 shootout win over the Senators at Scotiabank Place, but B’s coach Claude Julien indicated after the game that Kelly would be traveling with the team to Pittsburgh for tomorrow night’s tilt against the Penguins.

“There’s nothing yet [for an update]. He’s been looked at and we’ll bring him with us to Pittsburgh,” said Julien. “We’ll see how things pan out, but nothing as of right now.”

David Krejci led Bruins forwards with 22:52 of ice time while double-shifting following Kelly’s departure in the second period, and it remains to be seen how Boston will shuffle the lineup if Kelly can’t play.

A few reviews of the knee-on-knee looked suspect from Neil’s end particularly after he was boarded in the first period by Adam McQuaid, but there was no kneeing penalty called on the ice. Furthermore Julien said after the game that he didn’t have any problems with the hit, and termed it “accidental.”

“[Neil] went to turn and ran right into Kelly. It happened right in front of me,” said Julien. “It was accidental. It was the same thing with the [Zack Smith/Milan Lucic] hit later on in the game. They were both accidental with guys running into each other.”

Expect an update on Kelly Tuesday in Pittsburgh with the dreaded “lower body injury” expected to be the diagnosis with hope that the B’s center avoided a direct hit to the left knee.