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Campbell Brings a Spark

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Wilmington, MA -- At 6-foot, 197-pounds Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell, the son of NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell seems an unlikely candidate to be the first member of the Black & Gold to drop the gloves.

But that's exactly what happened during the B's 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes last Saturday. And Campbell expects to do more of the same throughout the year, thank you very much.

Gregory Campbell, right, of Boston Bruins fights with Vernon Fiddler, left, of Phoenix Coyotes during their NHL hockey match in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. Phoenix won the match 5-2. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
"I think so," said Gregory. "It’s obviously there’s a few guys in the room that are better at it than I am, but it’s part of the job that I have to do. The role that I have to play is you know to create that energy and unfortunately we found ourselves behind at the time.

"You know, it is an art in some respect when you need to know when to do it. You have to be smart about it," added Campbell. "You have to know what the rights time is to do it and I felt you know being down 4-1 that would provide the energy for the team."

That energy lasted through the third period and on into the Bruins 3-0 shutout of the Coyotes on Sunday. But that's his job, contends Campbell, who has joined Shawn Thornton and Brad Marchand on Boston's sandpaper line.

"It’s important for us to provide that spark for the team," said Campbell. "Whenever you can get four lines rolling, it benefits the team tremendously."

But Campbell wants his griders to be able to do more than just hit.

"You know, for our line to be creating those chances to play with the puck and not just go out there and try to hit and not get scored on and play careful -- you know that’s something that we have to try to incorporate into our game," he said. "Having said that, we have to be responsible and we have to make the coaching staff trust us, but you know they want us to try to score and help out offensively.

"So anytime you can get the contributions from you know the depth line, so to speak, it helps the team," Campbell said.

The former Panther was asked if he had been asked to change his own game since he arrived from Florida.

"Um not really, I mean, obviously the system is a little different. Last year, I played wing the whole season. Two years before that, I was playing center, so you know, I have to adjust a little but in that respect but they’ve been good about it," he said. "If there’s anything they see obviously they bring us in and show us on the tape what’s expected from me and our line but other than that, I’m just trying to bring to this team what I’ve done in the past and help in any way I can."
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