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No hard feelings: Kelly doesn’t blame Neil for broken leg

Mar 15, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

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Chris Kelly doesn’t know when he’ll back in the Bruins’ line-up after breaking his left tibia (shinbone) on Monday, but he’s trying to stay positive about his chances of playing “sooner rather than later” — possibly even by the end of the regular season.

“I’m just trying to get it better,” Kelly said, per “There’s no real time-frame. I just come here and work hard, and let the doctors and training staff do their job.

“I just want to make sure I don’t lose any strength in my leg. You just have to let it heal and hope for the best. It’s one of those things where time will let it heal on its own.”

The 32-year-old center suffered the injury in a leg-on-leg collision with Ottawa forward (and Kelly’s good friend) Chris Neil.

Kelly called the collision a “hockey play” gone wrong and says Neil “has reached out a few times and he feels pretty badly.”

“I don’t think it was malicious by any means,” said Kelly.

  1. nunan - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Good on Kelly…every time a player gets hurt doesn’t mean there needs to be a league review and punishment. This stuff happens.

    • govtminion - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:31 PM

      Agreed. Sometimes things like this happen in a contact sport- it’s just how it is.

      • ken1313 - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Bruins fan here…….the hit wasn’t anything out of the ordinary….yes, he stuck his leg out, but not with any violent intent. It was just one of those “hit it just right” things. Kelly is a class act…..and the NHL was right not to suspend Neil for that hit

  2. openthird - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    He should.

  3. jaybaileys - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Imagine that, no over-reaction. No owner calling a press conference to rip the and learn Ottawa!

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      What’s weird is that Eugene Melnyk came out and blamed Matt Cooke for Kelly’s injury.

    • alswingman - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      If you are referring to the Matt Cooke -Erik Karlsson incident, that is a completely different situation. Cooke has built his entire career on cheap shotting and ways to get away with it. Chris Neil is not a dirty player. He’s a fighter and plays an enforcer role but he doesn’t cheap shot. He doesn’t need to. So your comment jaybaileys does not hold up.

  4. modellforprez - Mar 15, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    while your all pussin and rubbin why dont yous forgive Matt Cooke guys he didnt mean it he is a changed man. and he reached out to Karrlson several times

  5. stratomaticfan - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Lucky it wasn’t a Montreal player. Would have tied up 911 for days.

  6. betrayedbylife - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    automated “habsman” response: looks like the cheaters and divers over in boston finally got a taste of their own medicine. neil will be a target for the goons lucic and thornton from now on. typical bruins crying over a decent play.

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