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Kelly Line Heroes in Edmonton

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – With three games in the books for the new-look B’s, Boston’s third line, featuring recent acquisitions Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley alongside Michael Ryder, has come together and has already started producing. 

Kelly, Peverley & Ryder
In last night’s Bruins 3-2 defeat of the Edmonton Oilers, the new line contributed two goals in addition to hard work in the defensive zone and sustained offensive pressure throughout the night. 

“A good defensive game can always put you in a good offensive position so we’re doing a good job that way and we have some speedy forwards who can really get down the ice so that helps,” Peverley said after the game.

The "Kelly" line used the B’s current road-trip to their advantage to create some quick chemistry. 

“I think it’s only three games we’ve been playing together and still getting used to each other. But they’re good players and I think we’ve got good chemistry there,” Ryder said after the game.

“I think they make great plays and have good speed so it helps when we come up together and so far it’s going good, we just have to keep it going.”

Peverley agrees.

“The first couple games we were getting chances but I feel more chemistry is building," he said. "Going forward here I’d like to build on it.”

Ryder got the scoring started for his line, and the B’s, at 15:30 in the first period. His 17th goal of the year tied the game at 1-1 and swung the momentum in Boston’s favor. 

“I was just battling their defenseman for a little while and he just kind of let me go for a second and the puck just kind of came to me,” Ryder said. 

“I didn’t shoot right away because I thought it might get blocked and I jut held onto it and went wide and I found an opening.”

The line’s second goal, which came off the stick of Rich Peverley, was the eventual game-winner, and garnered Kelly his first point and was Peverley’s first tally as a Bruin.

“It was a good play by Chris Kelly in the neutral zone to make sure the puck didn’t go by the boards and he fired it up,” Peverley said of his 15th goal of the year.

“He got it over to Ryde’s and he made a great play to come take the goalie out and got it to me and I just tried to get it far side.”

After the game, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was pleased with his newest winger’s production and the line as a whole.

“I thought he was really good tonight. On the face-offs he was really good and scoring that goal,” Julien said of Peverley. 

“I thought that line played really well tonight. With Chris Kelly and Peverley, the new guys and [Michael] Ryder really had a solid game.

"So I think that line deserves a lot of credit for our win tonight.”
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