Kelly's cage a good-luck charm

Bruins forward Chris Kelly practices with the team at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., April 21,...

Bruins forward Chris Kelly practices with the team at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., April 21, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

STEVE MacFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

Here's a playoff conspiracy theory for you.

Chris Kelly wants to ditch the full cage on his helmet, but is obeying orders to keep it on for now.

If the Boston Bruins training staff is anywhere as superstitious as some players, don't expect that to change anytime soon the way the former Ottawa Senators forward has been playing lately.

Kelly wasn't considered a sexy deadline pickup, and neither is the headgear he's sporting, but they're both proving valuable.

Kelly is producing at a point-per-game pace since donning the added protection for Game 4 of the first-round series against the Habs.

Someone asked Kelly Monday morning when he was going to be allowed to take it off, and locker-room neighbour Michael Ryder answered for him.

"The way you're playing, never," said Ryder, according to TSN's Gord Miller.

With his fourth goal of the playoffs, Kelly started the Bruins' rally from a two-goal deficit Monday in a 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers.

On the boards

Don't think there's ever been an anthem as hyped as the rendition of God Bless America in Philadelphia Monday night, less than 24 hours after Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces. All day, talk was about how emotional and inspiring it would be when Lauren Hart performed her rendition along with the late Kate Smith via video. Like a movie you've heard way too much about or been anticipating for too long, it probably disappointed those watching on TV. But maybe you just had to be there. Fans did give it the old college try with some "U.S.A." chants following their "Let's go Flyers" pre-game cries. And they got louder as the night went on ... Flyers captain Mike Richards showed quick reflexes getting out of the way of Adam McQuaid's attempted hit, but he didn't show much class mocking the Bruins D-man at the bench while McQuaid was being tended to. Neither did the fans who clapped and whistled when the replay hit the big screen ... Flyer Daniel Briere will be haunted by the puck that rolled off his stick's heel in the dying seconds of regulation with nothing but empty net in front of him ... Milan Lucic hasn't scored in 19 straight games, but it doesn't seem to matter for the B's.

Off the glass

Tweet of the morning from QMI Agency's Paul Friesen suggested now that the elusive Osama bin Laden has been discovered, the search should now begin for Canucks twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who have been held scoreless in two games against the Predators and have two points between them in their last five games ... The goalie merry-go-round keeps spinning in Philly, with Brian Boucher hurting his catching hand in the second period and forcing backup Sergei Bobrovsky in, only to return to start the third period. The Flyers have changed goalies six times in nine games so far this spring ... Former NHL ref Kerry Fraser, who answers e-mails for TSN at cmonref@tsn.ca, isn't a fan of the snow job the Sharks are giving Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, stopping hard in front of him and sending a spray of ice into his mask. Too bad Fraser's not still in stripes to take care of the unsportsmanlike move.

Gettin' chippy

Great clip of the skilled Todd Bertuzzi working some puck magic on the Red Wings website. Looks like slow motion at first, but that's The Love Bert at full-speed. Too bad his brain works at that same gear too often at key moments ... Injured Bruin Marc Savard may be in Boston for Games 3 and 4. Maybe they'll hand him a headset a la Sidney Crosby and hope the concussed star can help their awful powerplay from up high. He's already exchanged texts with coach Claude Julien on the subject ... When did the NHL adopt the NFL's no-fun philosophy? The league shouldn't be trying to get rid of things like the Octopus toss in Detroit, or the Green Men in Vancouver, it should be embracing the added entertainment value and passion from the fans we wish was shared by some players ... Cheesy line of the night goes to James Duthie, raving about James van Riemsdyk's performance, scoring a pair in the game's first 10 minutes: "I think they're going to have to start calling JVR PVR, because you have to record this guy when he plays."

Sweet tweets

"Scoreboard had fast fact saying Boucher's first car was an '87 Chevy. I'm assuming Recchi's first car was a Model-T Ford."

— Sportsnet's Ian Mendes, in Philadelphia

"It's bad enough we're eating fish into extinction. Now they've got to live out their last days swimming around a dead scumbag?"

— The Hockey News' Adam Proteau on burying bin Laden at sea

"First person to get me a date with Pippa gets 2 glass seats to a game next year. And ill let you stare into Taylor Pyatts after the game.

— Biz Nasty Paul Bissonnette, who has apparently fallen for Princess Kate's sister

"Just voted. Woooo I feel like a mature individual"

— Oilers rookie Taylor Hall

"Eric Francis' three-piece suits. #WhyGlennHealyIsSoAngry"

— Kurtenblog, offering one of his many humorous reasons on commentator Glenn Healy's sourness toward the Green Men

"Boards 1, Adam McQuaid 0. He won't be back after running at Richards and doing a faceplant into the fence."

— QMI Agency's Chris Stevenson

"A "let's go Redwings" chant was started from people sitting behind us at the game. Gotta love hockey fans haha"

— Sharks C Logan Couture, who went to the baseball game in Detroit Monday

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