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Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Kelly slowly making progress

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Bruins forward Chris Kelly was walking around the locker room Wednesday morning without sporting a protective boot on his right leg.

Kelly, the team’s assistant captain, has missed 11 games since suffering a fractured right fibula on Dec. 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

“Everything’s on track,” Kelly said. “It’s one of those injuries that you’ve got to be a little careful with because you don’t want to push it too much because it can set you back. [The training staff] has been really good at doing what’s best for me.”

A season ago, Kelly dealt with a similar injury, suffering a broken left tibia late in the season and missing 14 games. The rehab process was a bit different last time, Kelly admits, because he was able to push it a bit more.

“This one it’s a little difficult to push because of the spot it’s in,” explained Kelly. “I’m starting to bike regularly, so it’s been good and I’m hoping to get on the ice soon.”