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June 18, 2013

Kelly quietly playing a major role in Bruins' wins in Stanley Cup final

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Kelly’s efforts didn’t go for naught; he drew a rousing cheer from the sellout crowd in the middle stanza when he dove, face first, to knock a loose puck out of the Boston zone.

“I think we’ve done a good job taking time and space away and getting the puck all the way down (in their zone),” Kelly said, when asked how the Bruins negated the powerful Blackhawks attack. “We’ve done a nice job getting in on the forecheck and creating turnovers ... coming back to the house and making teams work for their chances.”

OK, we can all agree that Kelly is no one’s idea of the ideal sound byte. It’s not part of his requirements to succeed at the NHL level, and that’s fine.

But really, who cares? Grind it out and help the Bruins win hockey games; that’s all that really matters at this stage of the game.

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Phil Stacey is the sports editor of The Salem News. Contact him at pstacey@salemnews.com, at 978-338-2650, and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.

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