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Kelly sent home for further evaluation

Wednesday, 04.20.2011 / 1:16 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / 2011 ECQF: Boston-Montreal Live Blog

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Kelly sent home for further evaluation
Boston forward Chris Kelly was sent home to be examined by the team's doctors for a possible facial fracture, according to Bruins coach Claude Julien.

"He just went back to Boston (Wednesday) to see our doctors today and make sure everything is OK and we anticipate him back in Montreal with us tonight," Julien said. "Everything's alright, according to what we know. There might be a fracture, but it’s nothing that would prevent him from playing."

Kelly was hurt in Game 3 when Scott Gomez knocked him down and Kelly fell face-first into the goal post. The Bruins forward finished the game -- even scoring the empty-net goal that sealed Boston's 4-2 victory.

If Kelly can't play in Tuesday's Game 4, it appears rookie Tyler Seguin will be drafted into the lineup. During Wednesday's practice at Lake Placid, Seguin and Jamie Arniel took turns in his spot during line rushes. Seguin has far more experience this season, having spent the whole year with the team.

Seguin, a healthy scratch in the first three playoff games, had 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 regular-season games.
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