Friday, November 22, 2013
Julien's gut pick of Kelly in SO goes wrong
By Joe McDonald
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- When you think of Bruins players with the ability to succeed in a shootout, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla and Brad Marchand quickly come to mind.
So, why did forward Chris Kelly take the shootout attempt in the fourth round before Boston lost 3-2 to the St. Louis Blues Thursday night at TD Garden?
"Were you guys as surprised as I was?" Kelly said with a laugh after practice Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena.
Kelly can score goals and the Bruins practice shootouts on a weekly basis. Bruins coach Claude Julien has the resources at his disposal as to which players, on both teams, are successful in the shootout. On Thursday, Julien remembered Kelly scored during a preseason game, and also on a penalty shot earlier this season.
"He's actually pretty good," Julien said. "To be honest, I was looking at my bench and I went with a gut feeling that he would put the puck where [Jaroslav] Halak's weakness was but he never got that chance."
Kelly failed to score, and then Derek Roy beat Tuukka Rask to win it for the Blues.
Kelly converted on his first penalty shot of his career during Boston's 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the season opener on Oct. 3 at TD Garden.