The loss, in a end, seemed rather meaningless. It was one some-more diversion among 82.
It was one some-more delight for a Stars’ Tyler Seguin (three goals) over Loui Eriksson (two). It was one some-more improved during TD Garden, in a sea of them in a early season.
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None of that, though, was what left a Bruins’ sauce room gloomy Tuesday night in a arise of a 5-3 ugliness, a improved by Dallas that finished a Bruins’ 6-0-1 run. That, instead, happened accurately 100 seconds into a game, when Chris Kelly’s left leg buckled, crumpling him to a ice.
The leg remained standing during an assumed angle and a pain was command convincingly opposite his face.
He was hauled off a ice, his arms around dual trainers, no vigour put on his skates during all.
They knew immediately. They could hear, as Colin Miller put it, “him screaming a bit.”
He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. It would take until a third duration for a Bruins to endorse a news.
The answers were devastating: Kelly suffered a fractured left femur, with medicine set for Wednesday.
The approaching liberation time is 6-8 months.
“You wish we can somehow recompense for his loss, though we consider people are going to comprehend how critical he is to a hockey club, not only on a ice though also in a sauce room and around a team,” manager Claude Julien said.
“He’s a man that is intensely reputable by his teammates and on a ice he’s given us all we’ve asked for. He’s been changed around in all opposite positions, never says a word, though only thrives on a event to play in those spots that we’ve put him.
“He was a unequivocally versatile actor that we unequivocally counted on. No doubt he’ll be missed.”
The damage simply competence finish a Bruins’ career of Kelly, who will be a giveaway representative after a season. It could presumably finish his NHL career, too.
Kelly, underappreciated due to a agreement viewed to compensate him too many ($3 million top hit), turns 35 on Nov. 11. It’s not an age that’s kind to many NHL players.
It will not be kind, either, to a Bruins’ chastisement kill, a section that has been as deplorable as a energy play has been sublime. With 3 some-more power-play goals given adult to a Stars, a Bruins sunk to final in a NHL in a category, during an unsuitable 70 percent.
“It’s flattering apparent it’s approach too porous, too many holes,” Patrice Bergeron said.
“We know it’s a group that likes to go by seams and make those one-time plays. Obviously it’s going to be unequivocally tough for [Tuukka Rask] to stop those kind of shots. So we unequivocally have got to be a lot better.”
But with Kelly gone, it is tough to see how that will occur any time soon.
“I consider that’s an area where he’s unequivocally going to be missed,” Brad Marchand said. “He’s such a good chastisement killer. He’s got one of a best sticks in a league.
“When we remove a man like that on a PK, it’s tough to fill that void. It only puts some-more vigour on a rest of us.”
There are other things that a Bruins lose, too.
The core is one of a some-more outspoken players in a sauce room, one of those who have a right hold in holding a actor aside, in yelling during a room full of men.
It was an deficiency already felt.
After a Bruins played a excellent initial period, determining a puck while going adult to an 11-1 advantage in shots early, and earning a 2-1 lead after Eriksson’s power-play purify adult with 24.1 seconds left, they fell detached in a second.
The Stars scored twice (Seguin, Jyrki Jokipakka) and took a lead.
That customarily was Kelly’s evidence to take over in a intermission. He, instead, was already during a hospital.
“Having him not going to be there in a room, speak to us about certain things, stepping adult where we need it — after a second duration tonight, he would have been a man to contend something,” Marchand said. “It’s times like that we’re going to skip him.
“He’s only one of those guys that when he’s in a room he always knows when it’s time to contend something, he always says a right thing, and guys honour him. we consider that’s such a large thing with leadership. You’ve got to honour your leaders and he earns that.
“He stairs adult for guys during a right time. He’s always putting his physique on a line, restraint shots. He’s peaceful to do anything — get in a battles, quarrel a man that takes a run during a teammates — so it’s things like that that guys respect.”
In a third, Seguin (1:18 PP) and Alex Goligoski (9:13 PP) put a visitors adult 5-2.
Eriksson’s second idea (17:45) frequency mattered.
Instead, it was Kelly who mattered, a picture left of him stretched out for mins on finish on his side only 3 seconds into his night. It was a personality out of a lineup, a penalty-kill specialist, an all-situations, all-intensity actor who might not play again in black and gold.
That was what mattered, even as a chastisement kill suffered, even as a home waste mounted, even as a 2 points slipped away.
“As shortly as we saw him go down, it didn’t demeanour good and kind of felt like it was going to be a flattering bad damage and unfortunately that’s accurately what it is,” Bergeron said.
“I’m unequivocally meditative of him right now. Hopefully a pain is not too bad.”Follow Amalie Benjamin on Twitter during @AmalieBenjamin.