BOSTON, MA -- Those who read this space know that when the chips are down and you need a little bit of straight talk, you find your way to Chris Kelly's locker room stall.
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As soon as he stops re-lacing his skates, the talented two-way forward generally presents some sage wisdom during his take on the festivities and today his straightforward approach might assuage some of the butterflies even the most nervous Boston Bruins fan is trying to cage this afternoon.
As usual, Kelly broke it all down pretty neatly.
Asked about his routine, Chris said: "Long nap, lunch – same thing I’ve done for the last 600 or 700 plus games that I’ve played.
"The exact same thing – skate, eat, nap, come back."
So, first key to today is: Stick to your routine.
What about Kelly's thoughts about a Game 7 situation and the discussion around the locker room?
"To be honest everything’s pretty much the same," said Kelly. "We know what’s at stake. We just need to go out there and play well."
Okay, so second key to today is: Keep it simple.
Asked about the TD Garden crowd, and the energy they bring to the rink, Kelly said: "We want to just be focused on the task at hand.
“To be honest, you hear the noise, but I don’t think I could ever point out a person in the crowd or point out a certain sign or things like that.
"It’s a collective noise, which I like," added Kelly. "I think it’s great."
Alright, we'll call that key: Enjoy the moment, but keep your focus.
Lastly, when he was queried about the fun factor tonight, Kelly answered, "Yeah this is a great opportunity.
"I think that’s how you should look at it. This is an opportunity that a lot of people don’t get a chance to take advantage of or be part of.
"I never had the opportunity to play in a Game 7 until I got here last year and that was one of those things that I remember thinking going against Montreal. For one, I got to play the Montreal Canadians in the playoffs, which was something that was pretty neat and then I got to play Game 7. I didn’t think I’d get to play three of them, but this is just a great opportunity."
We'll take a page out of Robin William's book and call the final key: Carpe Diem.
Drop the puck already!