While we applaud the Red Wings for their first-round sweep of the Coyotes, a Griffins alumnus from our old Ottawa Senators days also deserves props for his inspiring performance on Thursday.
Chris Kelly, whose late-season trade to Boston concluded his solid six-year run in Canada’s capital, is one of the biggest reasons that the Bruins have climbed out of a 0-2 hole and evened their series with the Canadiens.
In the first period of Monday’s Game 3, Kelly was hit from behind by Montreal’s Scott Gomez, propelling him face-first into the goal post. After staying down on the ice for several minutes, he remained in the game and eventually sealed Boston’s 4-2 win with an empty-netter.
While an examination by doctors on Wednesday revealed no fractures, Kelly did sustain both a black eye and swollen cheek on the right side of his face, transforming him from quasi-scoring threat to Quasimodo.
Undaunted, he sported a full cage for protection last night and earned his revenge against the Habs, going right back to the goal mouth to tie the game at 4-4 with 6:18 remaining in the third, forcing overtime. Then, just 1:59 into the extra session, he fed Michael Ryder for the game-winner, as Boston reclaimed home-ice advantage heading into Saturday’s Game 5 in Beantown. Click here for Kelly’s post-game interview.
The Bruins would be wise to follow the inspirational lead of Kelly. Not only does he put up his share of points, particularly in crunch time, but he’s already been somewhere Boston hasn’t been since 1990: the Stanley Cup Finals. Kelly appeared in all 20 playoff games for Ottawa in 2007 when it lost the Cup to Anaheim.
Today’s Griffins links:
- Video: Grand Rapids Griffins 2010-11 highlights (Griffins)
- Bob McNamara’s son, Jake, selected in USHL Futures Draft (MLive)
Alumni news and notes:
- Chris Kelly toes fine line (Boston Herald)
- Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard shows experience, consistency in first-round sweep of Coyotes (MLive)
Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard finds his playoff legs (Detroit News)
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard looks poised for long playoff run (Detroit Free Press)
Video: Jimmy Howard post-game – 4/20 (Red Wings)
Darren Helm, Todd Bertuzzi lead Red Wings’ hit parade (Detroit Free Press)
Video: Darren does it all (Red Wings)
Niklas Kronwall shows worth on blueline (Detroit Free Press)
- Admirals Lineup Gets Boost with Returns of Jones and Ritola from Tampa Bay (Norfolk Admirals)
Video – NHL alumni goals: