The Bruins gave up a third period lead against the Penguins on Tuesday night and the night before that they lost Chris Kelly to an injury in a win over the Senators.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss the injury to Chris Kelly and losing games in the third period.
Chris Kelly left Monday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators after receiving a knee-on-knee hit from Chris Neil. Initial reports on Kelly’s status were positive, but on Wednesday it was reported that Kelly suffered a broken left tibia as a result of the play, and he will be out indefinitely. What kind of impact does this injury have on the team in the short-term?
“Well he’s such a good team guy, he’s not a selfish player and he’s always trying to do what’s right for the team. It’s just unfortunate what happened to him.”
After finally getting a chance to look at the hit on Kelly does Boychuk think it was a dirty hit from Neil to cause this injury?
“I don’t think he was trying to, but it does look – the first time I saw it looked pretty bad. I think it was the way that they both hit knee-on-knee or how the jolt of when he broke his leg that made me jump a bit.”
The guys also discussed the fact that all of Boston’s losses have come thanks to blown third period leads. What is happening to cause these losses, and why isn’t Boston closing teams out?
“I think just getting a bit too comfortable, when we have the lead we’re used to shutting teams down and then when they make that push we’re kind of caught by surprise for some odd reason.”