Winchester facing hearing about elbow to Kelly's head

Winchester facing hearing about elbow to Kelly's head
November 8, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Florida Panthers energy forward Jesse Winchester will be facing the long arm of the NHL law on Friday afternoon after throwing a flying elbow at the head of Bruins center Chris Kelly on Thursday night.

Winchester will have a late Friday afternoon hearing with NHL Player Safety Department head Brendan Shanahan, and could be looking at a suspension based on the league’s desire to weed head shots out of the game.

Kelly looked dazed and left the ice after staying down for long seconds following the incident, but no penalty was called on the ice. Kelly returned a couple of shifts later in Boston’s 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers and even assisted on Torey Krug’s insurance goal in the third period that pushed the game out of reach.

Gregory Campbell hopped over the boards on the very next shift and dropped the gloves with Winchester in front of the Florida bench in a clear show of team toughness that the Bruins are renowned for.

Winchester left his skates to deliver the elbow to Kelly’s head, but the B’s third line center didn’t hold any ill will toward his former Ottawa Senators teammate.

It is just the opposite, in fact.

“I know Jesse Winchester. We played together and he’s probably one of the nicest guys in hockey, so I’m sure it wasn’t intentional,” said Kelly. “That being said, it was awesome that Soup [Gregory Campbell] steps up for me and goes out there and takes care of business.”

Kelly was also just happy that he was okay in light of the hit, and was right back out on the practice ice Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena.

“You’re like ‘Okay, am I alright here? Am I going to be able to get up?’ I think you’re kind of stunned more than anything when it happens, but it was fine,” said Kelly. “The [impact] with Carl [Soderberg] hurt a little bit more when we collided. When it rains it pours.”