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Kelly Preaches Patience on Offense

Monday, 04.16.2012 / 1:29 PM ET / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
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Kelly Preaches Patience on Offense
BostonBruins.com – More often than not, strong defensive play translates into quality scoring chances.

While the Bruins defensive efforts have been solid in the first two games against the Washington Capitals – allowing just three goals on 56 shots against in two overtime contests – the quality chances have come at a premium.

Bruins forward Chris Kelly, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 1, said there’s no reason to panic just yet.

“It’s one of those typical playoff battles,” Kelly said. “It’s a low scoring game – sometimes you need to be patient and wait for your opportunities.

“Obviously, you can always work harder. I think, you know a little position here or a little position there can end up making all the difference in the world.”

But if anything, the line of Kelly, Benoit Pouliot and Brian Rolston has produced the team’s only two goals in the series and is getting the best of the team’s chances.

“Well, we’ve played with each other I think quite a time now and since the beginning, the chemistry has been live,” Benoit Pouliot said. “We’ve just been supporting each other, talking a lot on the ice and it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

“We’ve been playing well defensively, and then we get our chance offensively and you try not to miss it too much. We’ve got a lot of chances right now in the playoffs, and hopefully we can keep that going.”

In the meantime, the Capitals rookie goaltender Braden Holtby has been on top of his game thus far, and Kelly classified him as a “very capable goalie that makes the saves he needs to make.”

At the same time, Pouliot noted that the Bruins can increase the congestion in front of the net – an area that’s been openly addressed the past two games.

“I don’t think we’re going in front of the net as much as we want to,” Pouliot said. “We got some big guys on our team and when you create some havoc or traffic in front of the net, it’s tough for a goalie.”

But moving forward, the Kelly also said that the first two games are over with, and the team has to turn the focus towards tonight’s Game 3.

“You can’t dwell on the past, there’s nothing you can do to change it,” Kelly said. “If you win, great. If you lose, it’s time to move forward. Like I said, there’s nothing you can do that’ll change the past you just need to look forward.”

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