BOSTON -- On a team with the reigning Conn Smyth Trophy winner, a five-time All-Star captain, and one of the most touted young players in hockey, Chris Kelly doesnt always stand out as one of the Boston Bruins' top weapons.
But after scoring two goals in the second period of the Bs 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on
Saturday night, it was no secret who had the hot hand.
Kelly continues to have a real good year for us, head coach Claude Julien said after the
game. Hes one of those guys that flies under the radar most times and theres always bigger names that get mentioned ahead of him, but hes been probably one of our most consistent forwards this year.
And thats something thats not necessarily thought of as his pedigree, but at the same time hes one of those guys that is contributing so well for us and thats giving our team a lot more depth with scoring.
Down 2-1, Chris Kelly scored a shorthanded goal from Rich Peverley to tie the game at two
apiece. He followed up with his second goal of the game from Benoit Pouliot and (once again)
Peverley nine minutes later.
Kelly recently joked about his role as a defensive forward and now he is showcasing his skills on the offensive end. He has recorded multi-goal games in two of his last five contests and ranks second on the team in goal scored.
That success isnt changing his humble approach to the game, though.
I just happened to be kind of right place, right time, Kelly said. Especially that first one. Rich, like I said, hes probably one of the best skaters in the league and he takes the puck to the net like a lot of guys dont. I just happened to be rewarded with that one, and it was a great pass by Benny on the second one.
But ask his teammates and they are not shy about speaking to his performance.
Kells, you know what? Hes been great, Pouliot said with a smile. Hes been like this all year long so far and its a matter of just keeping that going. The way hes going, I think hes not going to stop. Hes playing well both ends of the ice, which is nice for us. Hes great down low, hes going to support every time.
With nine goals under his belt this season, Kelly has proven to be a quiet weapon so far. Dont expect that to change, either. Hell let his game do the talking.
When asked how many goals it will take for him to develop a goal scorers ego, he responded, I dont know, maybe ten. Next question.