|Boston Bruins Gregory Campbell, left, and Shawn Thornton (22) celebrate a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J., on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Tim Larsen) |
"Well, for our team, I think it's particularly important...whenever you have four lines [to] have that depth and we're all contributing," said Gregory Campbell
after Thursday's practice. "It helps tremendously over the course of a season."
Campbell's grind line has been lauded by Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien throughout the early part of the season, but their work tends to go unnoticed by all but the most savvy hockey fans.
"You know, we have three pretty good, talented lines ahead of us," said Campbell. "But they're [not] going to score [every night], so we can pick up the slack in those areas."
Although in total the B's checking line has only accounted for six points in nine games, their ability to play hard on both sides of the puck has made it easier for Coach Julien to roll four lines every game.
And Campbell, who was acquired over the offseason from Florida, says his own game hit a new level with Boston.
"I mean, it's fun to win," he said. "I mean, on a nightly basis, you go into an arena playing another team, we always have a chance to win, and that's a good feeling to know that you're respected by the opponent.
"Things are going well right now, but I'm just trying to find ways to contribute and this is an extremely talented team that we have here and everybody works hard.
"But for me, I have to find ways to chip in on every given night whether it's on a penalty kill or what have you.
"You know, our line has had some success," added Campbell. "But it's something that you can't get comfortable with.
"You have to stay hungry and desperate and that's the way you're going to stay successful."
Campbell expects the Caps to play exactly that way on Friday night.
"Oh for sure," he said. "I mean, that team knows how to win over there and they don't like losing.
"We've beaten them twice already, and I think they have a sour taste in their mouth, and you know, we respect them enough to know that whatever they're going to throw at us, it's not going to be easy.
"The first two games weren't easy. But I think the focus has to be on our game. I mean you can say what you want about their team, the skill and the talent that they have, but you know, at the end of the day, it comes down to what we're going to put on the ice, how prepared we are, and how hard we'll willing to work."