Boston's Chris Kelly
hit the ice this morning sporting a NCAA style wire cage and a black eye.
He'll wear both when he hits the ice to face the Canadiens in Game 4.
"He's ready to go and he's going to be in the lineup tonight," said B's Head Coach Claude Julien of the forward, briefly felled when Canadiens forward Scott Gomez's earned an interference penalty on Monday as Kelly raced into the Montreal zone.
"I feel good, I feel great actually," said Kelly, who missed yesterday's skate in Lake Placid to meet with doctors in Boston. "It’s good to get back on the ice and get going again.
"I’m good to play tonight," added Kelly. "I went back to see our doctors in Boston and they gave me the green light and said everything is great.
"Just go out and have fun."
Asked about the his new facial protection, a style that he hasn't sported since he was 14, Kelly said, "It wasn’t too bad actually.
"It was actually a lot better than I thought."
Kelly is actually a lot better than most thought after colliding with the Habs' net during Game 3, but the forward insisted he bears no ill will for Gomez.
"It’s a hockey play, it’s just part of the game," said Kelly. "I know Gomez and I’ve played against him for a lot of years and he’s a good honest player and works hard and I don’t think it was deliberate by any means."
Fellow B's forward Rich Peverley
, Kelly's linemate for most of the pair's time in Boston, said he wasn't surprised to see Chris on the ice for pregame skate.
"No. there’s no doubt, he’s a pretty tough player," said Peverley. "He’s a great guy to have in the room, a lot of character, and he’s been a great guy to play with so far.
So I had no doubt, I had no question he was going to be able to play tonight," he said.