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Campbell Could Return

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Injured Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell hit the ice at Ristuccia Memorial Arena on Sunday afternoon and joined his teammates for the first time since he blocked a shot with his foot in the B's 5-3 win over the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

"I feel fine," said Campbell, post-practice. "With a fracture it’s going to hurt a little bit, but nothing that I want to keep me out of action.

"So it felt good enough -— I felt it progressed -- I’ll skate with the team tomorrow and we’ll see how it goes."

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien was also cautiously optimistic.

"Again, his first practice with the team and when you go through a grind like you did today and 3-on-3 and stuff like that, you just want to see how his foot is going to react," said Julien. "So, it’s always better for us to make those decisions the following day and see how he is [Monday] morning."

Campbell is hoping that his days watching the games on television or the press box are over.

"Yeah. It’s not easy," said Campbell. "I think that’s the hardest thing as a player is to sit out and watch, but fortunately we did well.

"It’s a lot easier to watch when we’re winning -- when we’re playing well -- but, obviously, I want to be part of it."

Campbell's name might not have been mentioned, say, as much as perennial (and recently injured) all-star Zdeno Chara's over the last few days, but it doesn't mean that Campbell's presence on the Bruins famous "Merlot" line or the penalty kill wasn't missed.

And Campbell said he really missed playing -- especially versus Philadelphia.

"That was just a fun game to watch, especially when the lead is that big that early," said Campbell. "I thought we played well and we deserved to win.

"It’s tough to miss those games, especially in Philly. Those are awesome games — afternoon games when the crowd is going crazy.

"And they’re a great team. The team was awesome yesterday and rightfully so it showed."

The forward has shown consistent progress since skating for the first time on Friday.

"It’s been fine," he repeated. "It’s not really holding me back at all.

"I guess at the beginning I couldn’t even put my foot in the skate. There’s not much you can do for something like this. I’ve just got to let it heal on its own time. I gave it a few days and in this case a few days means a lot.

"Every day it gets better."
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