With the Maple Leafs dominating much of Monday’s Game 7 in Boston, it didn’t look like Chris Kelly would have to face the music for his elbow to the face of James Van Riemsdyk late in the second period of the series finale. But with the Bruins moving on to the conference semifinals after a thrilling OT comeback, the league will likely review the play and determine whether or not Kelly deserves to get hit with a suspension as a result of the incident.
With just under three minutes left in the second, Van Riemsdyk took down Kelly in the Bruins offensive zone and remained on top of the Bruins forward for a few seconds. Kelly responded by throwing an elbow into the nose of the young Leafs star, bloodying his nose. The blow went undetected (or at least unsanctioned) by officials on the ice, much to the displeasure of JVR.
My guess? One or two games for Kelly. Though he’s got a clean sheet with the league, Kelly’s elbow was clearly intentional and pretty vicious, arguably worse than the elbow that landed Andrew Ference a one-game suspension earlier in the series. Definitely wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins had to start their series against the Rangers without #23 in the lineup.