BOSTON -- After a slow start to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Boston Bruins' penalty kill has been nearly airtight from the second round on.
Heading into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), the Bruins have killed off 26 of 28 power plays since the start of their second-round series against the New York Rangers.
Center Gregory Campbell is done for the rest of the postseason with a broken fibula. He usually combines with fourth-line partner Daniel Paille to form one of Boston's three main pairs on their penalty kill, which ranked fourth in the NHL during the regular season.
"It's tough. He plays such a hard game," forward Brad Marchand said of losing Campbell. "He's such a big part of our team. You saw the last couple of rounds, he's been very big. He's not really a guy you can really replace, but everybody has to step up a little bit and hopefully, collectively we can fill that void."
Paille, Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly will get the bulk of the Bruins' penalty-kill time. Kaspars Daugavins is scheduled to replace Campbell in the lineup, according to coach Claude Julien, and he has previous experience on the penalty kill.
David Krejci was once a go-to guy on the kill and he filled in during Game 3 Wednesday after Campbell was injured.
The Bruins benefit from having a core of players and penalty killers who have played the system together for several seasons. So it might feel weird not seeing Campbell, who has missed six regular-season games over the past three seasons, battling on the penalty kill.
"It's tough to replace [Campbell]. [He] does so much for us," Kelly said. "And not only on the ice, but off the ice as well. If [Daugavins] is going in, he kills penalties. He's a smart player, he knows how to play the game, and I'm sure he'll do a great job. And for the rest of us that kill penalties, we just need to be a little bit better. When one guy goes down, it's a team effort to fill those shoes."
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