Kelly emerging as top weapon

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Kelly emerging as top weapon

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.

May 1, 2016: With NHL draft order set, time to deal?

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May 1, 2016: With NHL draft order set, time to deal?

Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after thinking Barack Obama gave Jeffrey Ross a run for his money as the Roast-master In Chief at last night’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

*The man behind the music at American Airlines Arena for the Dallas Stars’ games comes into the spotlight for a story.

 

*Don Cherry sings the praises of Joel Ward, wears a Toronto Marlies suit and said “it was time to go” for Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim.

 

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Penguins coach Mike Sullivan taking major issue with the head shot Brooks Orpik laid on Olli Maatta.

 

*The Maple Leafs secure the No. 1 overall pick in last night’s NHL Draft lottery, which will no doubt lead them to Auston Matthews.

 

*Now that the Edmonton Oilers have the No. 4 pick, Peter Chiarelli is open to trade options for those teams wanting to move up.

 

*Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is once again thriving in Ontario just a year after a major health scare.

 

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz on the unique journey for Brent Burns that culminated in his Norris Trophy finalist honor this week.

 

*Spector has the roundup of rumors including plenty of speculation on Kevin Shattenkirk once the Blues are done in the playoffs.

 

*For something completely different: a couple of reporters actually got into an actual fight at the White House Correspondent’s after-party. It sounds like they both kind of deserved a punch in the face, to be honest.

Eriksson named Lady Byng finalist for second time

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Eriksson named Lady Byng finalist for second time

Patrice Bergeron will have some Bruins company at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas at the end of the month of June.

Loui Eriksson was named a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy on Saturday afternoon along with Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Florida Panthers pivot Aleksander Barkov. It’s the second time in his career that Eriksson will be named a finalist for the award given annually "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability."

The Swedish winger finished his best season in a Bruins uniform with 30 goals (third on team) and 33 assists for the second most points (63) on the team along with 12 total penalty minutes through 82 games played. Eriksson was excited to once again be a finalist for the award, and to be lumped in with a couple of the NHL’s best players in Kopitar and Barkov.

“It is a great honor to be considered for the Lady Byng Trophy, an award that has been won by some of the best players of all time,” said Eriksson, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after three seasons in Boston. “There are many deserving candidates so to be named one of the finalists with Anze Kopitar and Aleksander Barkov is very exciting for me. Thank you to my teammates and the coaching staff and I appreciate all those who voted.”

The last Bruin to win the Lady Byng Trophy was Rick Middleton back in 1981-82, and Eriksson is the first B’s finalist for Lady Byng in more than 10 years.

Bruins will select 14th overall in first round

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Bruins will select 14th overall in first round

The Boston Bruins basically had a three percent of moving up into the top three of the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night, but they didn’t strike it draft rich when it was all said and done up in Toronto.

With Bruins general manager Don Sweeney in attendance representing the Original Six franchise, the Black and Gold were the first team logo selected in the draft lottery meaning they will own the 14th overall pick in the first round for the second straight summer.

Instead the Toronto Maple Leafs will select first overall after putting together the worst record in the NHL last season, and the Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets won the lottery to move up into the second and third slots in the draft.

This marks the sixth time in franchise history that the club has owned the 14th overall selection in the NHL Draft. The Bruins drafted Jake DeBrusk 14th overall last summer in Florida at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Stephane Quintal 14th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, Normand Leveille 14th overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Douglas Halward 14th overall in the 1975 NHL Amateur Draft and Terry O’Reilly 14th overall in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft.

Based on finishing with the highest point total of all non-playoff teams for the second straight season, the Bruins owned a 1.0% chance of winning the 2016 Draft Lottery overall and a 3.4% chance of securing a top-three pick.

The 2016 NHL Draft will take place on June 24-25 at the First Niagara Center home of the Sabres in Buffalo just a couple of months from now, and the Bruins also own the first round pick of the San Jose Sharks that will end up somewhere in the 20’s based on the fact they’re still currently alive in the playoffs.