BOSTON -- On most hockey teams, the role of fourth-line center is rarely a source of great debate.
But the way the Boston Bruins are built and the way they play the game makes them unlike most hockey teams.
They are a team built on balance and depth, where the role of top-line scorer is no more or less important than a fourth-line grinder or enforcer.
Many teams say that is the case, but few actually put it in practice the way the Bruins do.
So when Gregory Campbell fractured his right fibula in the second period of Wednesday night's 2-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, it created a hole far larger than it might have on a typical hockey team losing its fourth-line center.
That hole in the lineup will be filled by Kaspars Daugavins, coach Claude Julien confirmed Friday morning ahead of Game 4 of the conference final at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). But filling Campbell's role on the team will be done by committee.
"You don't replace a guy like Gregory Campbell by putting another guy in there," Julien said Friday morning. "He brings a lot. When you lose a guy like him, you realize the hole that he's left.”