Report: Boston Bruins’ Forwards Endure Postseason Surgery


Mar 30, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Reilly Smith (18) celebrates his game winning shootout goal with center Chris Kelly (23) and left wing Milan Lucic (17) against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. The Bruins defeated the Flyers, 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins Update

Chris Kelly and Milan Lucic, two forwards who regularly appeared for the Boston Bruins this season, have both undergone surgery on respective injuries.

Lucic’s wrist ailment came about in Game 7 vs. the Montreal Canadiens, and Kelly was sidelined since April 8 after the Minnesota Wild contest, his back problem being a herniated disk that’s bothered him none stop.

“By far this is the worst pain I’ve ever been in. I’ve broken lots of bones, separations, but this is a whole different thing….Hopefully I’ve gotten them all out of the way the last two years and we move forward,” said Kelly, via Amalie Benjamin of The Boston Globe. “Injuries are part of sports in general. Sometimes you’re unlucky.”

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will hope to see them on the ice for next season’s preparation.

“Both players are expected to be ready for the start of training camp,” Chiarelli said in a statement.

For the Bruins, it appears leisure time has allowed recuperation of battered bodies, especially defensemen Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg, who have been fighting through injuries sustained in the winter.