Friday, May 16, 2014
Kelly likely needs back surgery
By Joe McDonald
BOSTON -- Bruins forward Chris Kelly suffered a herniated disk in his back in the fourth to last game of the regular season at Minnesota. He said he will likely need surgery, but he was trying everything he could to return to action before undergoing the procedure.
Chris Kelly spoke with reporters Friday in the Bruins locker room.
"My back seized up on me, and I thought I caught it soon enough, but after that I was pretty sore for a while there and it's still sore," he said. "A lot of the muscle and it's a nerve thing so it shoots right down my leg, so some days are better than others, but hopefully I'll get it fixed and it'll be fine."
Kelly will have another MRI taken before deciding on when to have surgery. He has been told the rehab time is four to six weeks, and Kelly is confident he'll be ready for training camp in September.
Fellow Bruins forward Matt Fraser was sporting crutches and a walking boot on his right foot Friday. He has a displaced fracture and will probably need surgery. He suffered the injury while playing for the Providence Bruins in Game 1 of their Calder Cup playoff series against the Springfield Falcons. He finished that five-game series and then played four games with the Bruins with the injury.
"I would rather cut my foot off than be taken out of the lineup because you never know when you're going to get a chance to play for the Stanley Cup," Fraser said. "You look at the guys around the room and everyone's banged up, everyone's hurting. It's something you just deal with and that's the way we're wired."
He admitted the pain was intense but didn't want any injections to relieve the pain.
Bruins forward Milan Lucic was sporting a brace on his left wrist and was scheduled to have an MRI taken at MGH on Friday afternoon. He said he first felt the discomfort in Game 1 against the Canadiens.