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Chris Kelly is sick of Bruins excuses

Chris Kelly, Brayden Schenn

Boston Bruins’ Chris Kelly (23) fights with Philadelphia Flyers’ Brayden Schenn (10) during the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Philadelphia. The Bruins won 6-5 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)


The Bruins have alternated wins and losses for their last ten games and seeing inconsistency like that has been rare for them this season. When losses pile up, the excuses start to creep up from all areas, but one Bruins player isn’t having that.

Forward Chris Kelly tells’s Joe Haggerty that he doesn’t want to hear any complaining from anyone in Boston and would rather get back to doing things the way they know how to win.

“Back-to-back games . . . road trips . . . if we’re even thinking of using that as an excuse, we need to get that right out of our minds,” said the veteran forward. “We’re not doing the basic things that have made us a good hockey team.”

Kelly says the Bruins need to use their immense talent and get back to outworking teams. Playing without Nathan Horton of late has made things tricky for Boston, but the effort level truly hasn’t been there as much lately. With back-to-back games this weekend against Pittsburgh and Washington, if that effort level doesn’t return the inconsistency woes won’t be going away.