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Kelly loses teeth at B's practice

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Kelly loses teeth at B's practice

ST. PAUL, MN The Bruins were already missing Tyler Seguin, and it appeared they had lost Chris Kelly when he tumbled face-first into the boards during Saturday mornings practice at Wakota Arena.

Kelly rushed off the frozen sheet that the Bruins had turned into a competitive battleground after Friday nights loss to Winnipeg, but he returned to finish out practice with blood dried up on his gray practice sweater. After the session was over Kelly answered questions with his helmet still on his head and his face cast downward away from the TV cameras.

After the cameras left he showed that his two front teeth had been shattered after the impact into the boards, and admitted that hed be spending the rest of the day in a dentists chair getting worked on.

Just one of those days, said Kelly, with a sigh after holding a media session despite missing large pieces of his front Chiclets. Today is a tough day.

It's unknown whether Kelly will need some kind of facemouth protection when he takes the ice for Sunday's game. B's followers will remember he went on an offensive tear against the Montreal Canadiens after a facialinjury forced him to dona face cage in the first round of the playoffs last season.

Kelly will undoubtedly be in the lineup Sunday afternoon when they take on the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center largelybecause hes a hockey player willing to conduct interviews after getting his teeth knocked out.

Only in the NHL would that happen.

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

Could Nationals' interest in Cora mess with Red Sox' plans?

The Washington Nationals will ask to speak to Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora after the ALCS, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reported, which could throw a wrench into the Red Sox' plans to name Cora their manager.

The Sox appeared close to naming Cora to replace John Farrell after the Astros season is finished, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich reported earlier this week. Then the Nats decided to part ways with manager Dusty Baker after consecutive N.L. East titles but Division Series flameouts.

Cora, 41, as Cafardo points out, was once offered a player development job with the Nats, who were the last team he played for (2011) in his 14-plus years as a major league infielder, including 2005-08 with the Red Sox. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo obviously has a fondness for Cora, telling MLB.com in 2011:

"I think it comes natural to him to be a teacher. Alex still has a lot left in his tank as a player. But he has my number, and when he’s done playing, he can make a call. It will be well-received."

After interviewing Cora, ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and Ron Gardenhire, who took the Tigers job this week, Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told WEEI.com that he was still "undecided" if he'll interview anyone else.