“I think you have to give credit where credit is due and they played a smart game tonight. They came in and played a good solid road game,” B's “energy” line center Gregory Campbell
Campbell, who scored the Bruins second goal at 4:51 in the second period, was focused not on the B’s shortcomings, but on the smart, simple style of play he saw from Buffalo.
“When you’re the road team you want to try to come into the other teams’ building and not create too much excitement, you know just play a boring game like they did tonight and they capitalized on their chances,” Campbell said after the game.
“Our job as the home team is to play with energy and make them not want to play. So that’s the job that we have in front of us now.”
Boston took an early 1-0 lead into the first intermission, but after two periods of play Buffalo had evened things up at 2-2.
Despite Boston’s third period +31 goal differential through 47 games, the Bruins weren’t able mount the comeback against Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller (38 saves).
“I mean he was good, he’s always good," said Campbell. "I think to be honest we could have done a little bit better job getting in front of him and creating some havoc and playing with a little more energy.”
Energy might be at a premium for Boston. The B's have played nine games in the last 15 days, coming away with a 5-3-1 record over that stretch.
“Well there’s no question it’s a heavy workload, but that’s no excuse it’s what we do," said Campbell. "It’s our job as professionals to be ready for every game.
“You’ve got to find other ways, you’ve got to play smart and find a way to win.”
Boston will look for another way to win when they take on the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday afternoon in the Pepsi Center, in the first of a two-game road trip to the West Coast.---Hannah Becker