WILMINGTON, Mass. –
Just six games into his Boston Bruins career and Chris Kelly
has already found his place on a Bruins team that is playing some of its best hockey at a crucial point of the season.
Thursday night, the 30-year-old Kelly made his TD Garden debut and talked about the enthusiasm of the crowd on Causeway Street.
“Yeah it was exciting, the crowd was great,” Kelly said after the Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena today. “I thought the crowd really gave us momentum, especially in the third.”
Kelly, who was acquired by the Bruins in a trade with Ottawa on Feb. 15, has skated on Boston’s third line with Michael Ryder and Rich Peverley
Kelly recorded his first Bruins point with an assist on Peverley’s goal on Feb. 27 against Edmonton and added another helper last night in Boston’s 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay. Already, Kelly feels he has created good chemistry with his linemates.
“I think every game we’ve gotten better and better. Playing with new people is always difficult, especially not knowing them,” he said. “But I found we’re starting to read off one another, starting to know what each other brings to the table and working towards our strengths.”
After experiencing his first sold-out TD Garden crowd in the midst of the Bruins’ seven-game winning streak, Kelly is excited for the remaining 18 games of the season, but says the key is taking things one day at a time.
One day at a time continues tomorrow when the Bruins welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to TD Garden for an Eastern Conference match-up between two future playoff teams.
“We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We’ve done a good job of late, but…you have to take each game as they come,” Kelly said.
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