Ottawa Senators head coach Bryan Murray said he was impressed with the play of Chris Kelly Thursday night in Boston against the Bruins. The rookie centreman was one of the bright lights for the Senators on a night when they were shut out for the first time this season (3-0).
Kelly, who skated for three seasons with the Binghamton Senators prior to this season, spoke about what was going well for him against Boston.
"I just tried to keep my feet moving. I drew two penalties. Our power play is pretty good, so when you (draw penalties) they'll score on most nights."
So far this season, Kelly's role with the club has been primarily to offer energized but safe play while skating with linemates Brian McGrattan, Vaclav Varada and/or Antoine Vermette. The Toronto native has also worked well as a penalty killer for the Senators.
"I want to prove I can play at this level and contribute to the team. I want to be a good penalty killer and good team player. I hope my role will move up offensively, but I think that will take time."
The 2004-05 Binghamton Senators captain should prove to be a versatile player for the Senators in the future. Despite playing the centre position with Ottawa, Kelly has had loads of experience as a winger as well. In Binghamton last year he finished the second half of the season on the wing with Jason Spezza and Brandon Bochenski.
Back-to-back games for the Dominator
The Ottawa Senators will go with Dominik Hasek in goal tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. Hasek will be playing in back-to-back games for the second time in the past seven days, and third time overall this season.
The Senators are looking to beat the Kings for the first time since Nov. 11, 2000, when they won 4-3.
Roy Mlakar, CEO of the Ottawa Senators and Corel Centre chatted with media from Los Angeles, including former King Jim Fox, after the Senators optional skate Friday morning. Mlakar spent seven seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, including five as an executive vice-president.
Former Kings player Bryan Smolinski also chatted with Luc Robitaille, as did Dany Heatley.