Goalscoring is not what defines Chris Kelly. The Bruins third line center is an astute two-way player who has a big hand in the B’s top-ranked penalty killing.

But just the same, he wouldn’t mind getting goal sometime soon.

Kelly, who notched his first 20-goal season last year that helped him secure a four-year, $12 million contract, is the lone, regular Bruins forward who has not scored this season. And he wouldn’t mind getting rid of that distinction soon.

“Of course I want to score. I’d be lying if I said ‘Oh, I don’t want to score.’ Everybody wants to score,” said Kelly yesterday as the team prepared to take off for tonight’s game in Buffalo. “But it makes things easier when the team is doing well, so if the team continues to do well and I don’t score, it is what it is. I’d like to help out.”

Some players may let one deficiency drag down the rest of their game, but, with the exception of a bad giveaway in Carolina early in the season, Kelly remained a solid defensive player.

“As you get older, you realize that if one part of your game isn’t where you want it to be or where it needs to be, other parts of your game needs to be better,” said Kelly. “I hope that since I haven’t been producing like I hoped, and probably the team’s hoped and everyone has hoped, that other parts of my game have improved.”

And despite the 20-goal season last year, Kelly is comfortable with his true identity as a player.

“I don’t want to cheat on my defensive part of the game in order to get those offensive chances because that’s not going to help me or the team or anyone,” he said. “At the end of the day, for me to score a goal is costing the team two goals? That’s not going to happen.”