Neely missed most of the past two seasons with recurring knee problems and has missed games this season to rest his knee.
"I wasn't sure about 50 shifts, let alone 50 goals," Neely said. "It's a great feeling. I definitely didn't expect anything like this. All I wanted to do was to give myself the opportunity to play and to be a part of the team."
Neely, who originally suffered the injury during the 1991 playoffs against Pittsburgh, seriously considered retiring before the season began.
After a talk with team president Harry Sinden and general manager Mike Milbury, he gave it another try.
"In October, I was very close (to retiring)," he said.
"I just wanted him to be healthy," Bruins coach Brian Sutter said. "We take it one day at a time."
In other news:
SENATORS: SIGN OLYMPIAN
Derek Mayer, a member of Canada's silver medal-winning Olympic team, signed a contract with the Ottawa Senators. Mayer is a 26-year-old defenseman.