"Were you guys as surprised as I was?" Kelly said with a laugh after practice Friday morning at Ristuccia Arena.
Kelly can score goals and the Bruins practice shootouts on a weekly basis. Bruins coach Claude Julien has the resources at his disposal as to which players, on both teams, are successful in the shootout. On Thursday, Julien remembered Kelly scored during a preseason game, and also on a penalty shot earlier this season.
"He's actually pretty good," Julien said. "To be honest, I was looking at my bench and I went with a gut feeling that he would put the puck where [Jaroslav] Halak's weakness was but he never got that chance."
Kelly converted on his first penalty shot of his career during Boston's 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the season opener on Oct. 3 at TD Garden.