Kelly (broken tibia) getting closer to return

BOSTON -- After skating on his own for a few days, Bruins forward Chris Kelly participated in the Bruins’ morning skate on Thursday and is confident he can return from a broken tibia soon.

“It’s been good,” Kelly said of the recovery process. “Obviously hard work but it’s been good. I never really had a timetable to be honest. It just depends on how you feel. Every day you come in and if you feel good you put pressure on a little more and if you feel worse, then you scale back. It’s felt better and better every day which is good. I’m trying to push myself as hard as I can go and I skated by myself for a few days and today was the first day with the guys so I’m just going to keep pushing it and pushing it until I’m back playing.”

The plan now is for Kelly to keep skating with the team. He will not play tonight against New Jersey but will travel with the team to Montreal this weekend for their game Saturday against the Canadiens.

Kelly has been out since March 11 when he collided knee-on-knee with Senators tough guy and a former teammate of Kelly’s Chris Neil. It has been a frustrating season for Kelly to say the least. After scoring a career-high 20 goals last season, the solid two-way forward has struggled with only two goals in 23 games. He's also struggled in his own end, where he is depended on for his defensive game. Heading into that game March 11 though, Kelly had just scored his second goal of the season, snapping a six-game stretch without a goal and he seemed to be turning a corner. He was asked where his frustration level was at now after suffering the injury and missing the last 12 games?

“You never want to get hurt but things happen for a reason,” Kelly said. “It could’ve been much worse and done for the rest of the year or even worse. But it wasn’t as bad as maybe I originally thought it was when I was laying on the ice. I’m happy that I will have an opportunity to come back.”