|Campbell is congratulated by teammates |
With 1:51 to play in the second period, Boston Bruins forward Gregory Campbell tipped in a shot
from Shaw Thornton that tied the game 1-1, and fueled the B’s to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden.
The play went to review, but ultimately it counted and Campbell was relieved when the referee pointed to the center-ice circle – indicating that he had snapped his 19-game goalless streak.
“At that point you’re just like, ‘Come on, not now,’ Campbell said about the play going to review. “But I was pretty confident that my stick was below the crossbar. I think that either the puck went up a little bit and so in this situation it goes up and the stick’s below the crossbar – it was on the blade actually. It broke the blade in half.
“To have a goal go in and to have it go to review is frustrating.”
When Thornton was asked about the play, he didn’t shy away from the fact that he wasn’t expecting a tip-in. More so, he applauded Campbell’s efforts to get his stick on it.
“Man, I shot that as hard as I could. I wasn’t shooting that for a tip,” Thornton said. “If anything, I was shooting to score for a rebound but Soupy did a great job touching it. I saw him going to the net, thought maybe he might get there for a screen but he did a great job putting it in.”
Campbell’s goal, which was his seventh of the season, was the Merlot line’s first goal scored since Daniel Paille
knocked one in Feb. 11 against the Nashville Predators.
“It certainly is a little frustrating when things aren’t going in,” Campbell said. “Thorty and I, and [Daniel Paille
], and whoever else on our line, we really try to be consistent and reliable and do those intangible things that help the team.
“Scoring hasn’t been easy to come by this year and in games like tonight and a lot of games that we’ve been in over the past month, secondary scoring can be very useful. And we put of lot of pressure on ourselves. Those top guys, it’s a big challenge for them to produce every night and we want to chip in as well.”
Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien has the utmost confidence in his “Merlot” line to bring the energy to the ice – hence the reason he rolled four lines to try and tire the speedy Sabres.
So when Julien witnessed the results his energy line produced – he was exceedingly satisfied.
“It was only fitting that they scored the first goal and got us going, because after we scored that goal, I thought the energy level just kind of went up another notch and we just took it from there,” Julien said.
“Those guys work so hard– you like to see them get rewarded once in a while. I think it’s frustrating for them as well, even if it’s not their primary job to score goals, they still like to contribute for us.
“And I thought again, great job on forcing the turnover, Thorny [Thornton] shoots the puck and we had [Campbell] going to the net and he’s been one of our best puck-tippers. I thought he did a great job of getting there and getting his stick on it.”--- Anthony Gulizia