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Kelly, Marchand talk missed opportunities

Thursday, 06.20.2013 / 2:52 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / Stanley Cup Final series blog

BOSTON -- In a 6-5 game, there were obviously plenty of offensive chances players cashed in during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at TD Garden.

However, two Boston Bruins forwards missed great opportunities to turn the game in their club's favor. Instead the Bruins fell to the Chicago Blackhawks and now the teams head to the Windy City for Game 5 on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS) at United Center with the best-of-7 series tied 2-2. 

Boston's Chris Kelly hit the left post with enough room in the net to fit a St. Bernard in the closing minute of the second period with the Bruins trailing 4-3. Rich Peverley had just threaded a cross-ice pass to his linemate.

The goal horn sounded, but play continued.

"No, I knew I didn't score. But the horn kind of threw me," Kelly said Thursday on his team's off day at the Garden. "I thought the period was over. And then I looked up and I think there was 40 seconds left. But no, it didn't throw me off to think I had scored. I knew I didn't score."

Kelly was able to laugh about the missed chance a bit the day after. More than a decade in the League has taught the 32-year-old not to dwell on the negative.

"It is what it is. Yeah, it would've been nice to put that in, but it's a game of inches. And that just proved that even more last night," Kelly said. "I think you just move forward. There's nothing you can do about things like that. There's no sense dwelling on individual plays. I think there's more important things to worry about."

Brad Marchand also could've put another goal on the Bruins' side of the scoreboard. Early in overtime, he shot wide after a rebound of an Andrew Ference shot. It was the second miss of the night for Marchand, who also failed to capitalize on a great feed from Jaromir Jagr early in the third period.

"I think especially the one I had in overtime, I think I had an extra half a second to kind of take a look and try to place that shot," Marchand said. "But I just went ahead and shot it. I thought [Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford] was down, so that stuff happens."

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday