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Chris Kelly skates, Johnny Boychuk back at practice 01.13.14 at 10:11 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins center Chris Kelly skated on his own and worked with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides prior to Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. Claude Julien said after the practice that Kelly has been skating since last week but is not close to a return.

Johnny Boychuk was also back on the ice after leaving the team’s California road trip to return home for personal reasons. Those reasons were born 2:27 am and 2:57 am Monday, as Boychuk and his wife welcomed twins to their family. The only player missing from practice was defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who was being evaluated by team doctors following practice.

Kelly, who skated for roughly 20 minutes, has been out since Dec. 7 with a broken fibula suffered on a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis. It is the second significant injury of Kelly’s career, as he missed a little less than a month with a broken tibia last season.

The Bruins said at the time of Kelly’s injury that he was expected to miss four to six weeks, so his return to the ice a little over five weeks in would seem to put him on pace to return within that timetable. Kelly had returned from last season’s injury sooner than the team expected, but he said that he learned in his recovery this season that he couldn’t push it as much.

With Kelly out, the Bruins have relied on rookie Ryan Spooner to center the team’s third line.

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Chris Kelly impatiently awaiting his return to Bruins lineup 12.30.13 at 7:48 pm ET
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Chris Kelly took the ice Monday night, but unfortunately for the injured Bruins forward, he wasn’t skating.

Instead he was standing on the ice at Fenway Park as some of his Bruins teammates took part in an open skate as part of Frozen Fenway. Rather than skates, Kelly was wearing the walking boot he’s had to wear since suffering a broken right fibula on a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis on Dec. 7.

Kelly says he hopes the boot will be off within a matter of days, but as he stands over three weeks from suffering the injury, he admits that his total time before returning to Boston’s lineup will be closer to six weeks, as Claude Julien had told reporters earlier Monday.

The Bruins had initially said that Kelly would miss four to six weeks. Given that he had returned from a broken tibia last season in less than a month, he expected a quicker recovery this time around than he’s had.

“When you’re told a date, you think you can come back quicker,” Kelly told WEEI.com. “[Last season's tibia injury] was one of those that was an injury that you could push, I found. As soon as I was diagnosed [this season], I said, ‘Oh, well I can make it back faster than that.’ Obviously with where the injury is, you can’t push it like the other one. This one might take time, and you need to be patient, but I’m not very patient.”

The good news is that Kelly has been exercising since suffering the injury. He was on the bike the next day, and though he knows there will be some adjustment back to the ice once the boot comes off, he’s at least been keeping in shape.

“I do everything,” Kelly said. “I started riding the bike regularly. We do the aerodyn bike, where I use my arms and my one good leg. And I do upper-body and legs as well.”

Dupuis slashed Kelly in the second period of the injury-laden Dec. 7 meeting between the B’s and Penguins. Kelly played the third period, thinking that the injury wasn’t serious.

“Not that bad,” Kelly said of what he thought at the time. “It hurt and I knew it hurt, but I played the rest of the game and it affected my stride in the third, but I thought maybe [it was] a bone bruise or something. You don’t think it’s broken when you can finish a game.”

Though the Bruins certainly could use Kelly, Ryan Spooner has adjusted to the NHL and has played well of late in his place. Given that this is the second injury to keep Kelly out weeks in his career and that Rich Peverley slid over to handle his duties in his place last season, it’s the first time Kelly has seen a young player step into his spot and perform well in his absence. Kelly says he’s happy to see that his line is in good hands.

“He has played extremely well,” Kelly said. “Spoons skates well and thinks the game well. He’s done a great job. All those young guys that have come in, it’s been great to see. I think when you’re looking at it from a fan’s aspect of how bright the future of this franchise is, you always want your farm system to have players that can step in. Not everyone has that luxury. We’re extremely lucky to have that.”

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Chris Kelly out 4-6 weeks with broken right fibula 12.08.13 at 11:33 am ET
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Chris Kelly will miss four to six weeks with a broken right fibula suffered in Saturday’s game against the Penguins, the Bruins announced Sunday. Kelly was injured on a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis in the second period and has been placed on long-term injured reserve.

The Bruins also announced that they’ve placed Adam McQuaid (lower-body) on injured reserve and have called up forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser from Providence on an emergency basis.

The Bruins are now without Kelly, Loui Eriksson (concussion) and Shawn Thornton (awaiting suspension) and are missing both Johnny Boychuk (back) and McQuaid on defense.

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Loui Eriksson has concussion from Brooks Orpik hit, Chris Kelly also out for Bruins 12.07.13 at 10:38 pm ET
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Loui Eriksson

The Bruins will be without three forwards for at least Sunday’s game against the Maple Leafs, as Loui Eriksson has a concussion, Shawn Thornton will not travel as he awaits his suspension and Chris Kelly is out with a lower-body injury.

Eriksson suffered his second concussion of the season in the first period Saturday on a hit from Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Thornton was later given a match penalty for attacking Orpik on the ice on a play after the whistle in which he threw Orpik to the ice and knocked him out with two punches to the head.

Kelly suffered a lower-body injury on a slash in the third period. Orpik, as you could probably guess, has a concussion.

“It’s just an unfortunate situation,” Claude Julien said. “As you know, Shawn’s got a hearing with [Brendan] Shanahan now, so he won’t travel with us to Toronto tomorrow and I don’t know what’s going to happen from there. At the same time, Loui’s not traveling with us either. He’s got a concussion, and the other guy we just found out at the end of the game, Kelly has suffered an injury from a slash and he won’t be traveling with us either.”

Julien was clearly upset with the actions of both teams, including Orpik’s hit on Eriksson.

“Those are unfortunate incidents when you see guys getting injured,” Julien said. “That’s called Eriksson. It’s also called Orpik.”

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma thought rather differently.

“Well I think the hit by Orpik is a good hockey hit. Eriksson touches the puck, the puck’s coming around the wall there, it does take a strange bounce, he does touch the puck, and it’s a good hit,” Bylsma said. “Clearly they took exception to it. They put people on the ice to take exception to it, and the events that ensued, you saw Thornton.”

In addition to inserting Jordan Caron into the lineup, the Bruins will have to recall two players from Providence. Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reported Saturday night that those players are Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser.

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Chris Kelly: ‘I should be fine’ 11.22.13 at 6:37 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly said that the injury with which he is dealing shouldn’t limit him any further. Claude Julien had said the injury was preventing him from taking all of his faceoffs, which is why Carl Soderberg took eight draws Thursday.

Soderberg won six of his eight faceoffs, while Kelly only won three of 10.

“I should be fine,” Kelly said Friday. “Maybe I’ll get Carl to take some more. He did well last night in the circle. That’s a luxury to have, is guys on one line that can take draws. We’ll see how it goes.”

Soderberg is a former center who has made the move to wing in the NHL, so he’s experienced enough to take faceoffs. In the past, both Rich Peverley and Kelly took faceoffs for the Bruins’ third line.

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Chris Kelly dealing with minor injury 11.21.13 at 11:37 pm ET
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Chris Kelly

After Carl Soderberg took eight faceoffs in the Bruins’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Blues, B’s coach Claude Julien revealed that Soderberg’s faceoff duties are increasing due to a minor injury to Chris Kelly.

“Kells isn’t 100 percent to take faceoffs,” Julein said. “Nothing major, but he’s been – the last couple of games have been a bit of a struggle, so Carl’s gone out there in those kind of situations, but in our own end I kept putting another guy out there for that reason.”

Soderberg is playing wing for the Bruins after being a center throughout his career in Sweden, so having to take draws is nothing new to him.

“He’s very capable of taking face-offs; he’s played center for a long time,” Julien said of Soderberg. “He’s always part of that group that works on face-offs on game day so we’re going to keep him going in that area so that if the first centerman gets kicked out, we know we’ve got another one there.”

Soderberg won six of eight faceoffs Thursday, while Kelly won just three of his 10 draws.

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Jesse Winchester suspended three games for hit on Chris Kelly 11.08.13 at 8:21 pm ET
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Florida’s Jesse Winchester has been suspended three games for his hit on Chris Kelly Thursday, the NHL announced Friday night.

The hit occurred in the first period of Thursday’s game. Winchester went into the corner to throw a hit on Kelly, and wound up leaving his feet and catching Kelly with an elbow directly to the head.

Kelly missed a shift, but wound up playing the rest of the game.

Winchester had never been suspended prior to this.

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