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Campbell Talks Cats

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
WILMINGTON, MA  -- The last time the Boston Bruins lost a regulation game was two weeks ago today – a 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Since then, the B’s have won five-straight, and 17 of their last 20, and the Black & Gold will get a chance to avenge their latest loss when they host the Florida Panthers tomorrow at 7 p.m. at TD Garden.

“I think they’re catching a lot of teams by surprise, a lot of teams might not take them seriously, but they’re getting some wins here and there and they are for real,” forward Gregory Campbell said. “They played a smart road game [last game] and pushed us to the limit and that’s often what happens when games go 0-0 late.”

The Bruins will have to come out more aggressive tomorrow night if they want to win against Florida, who is a successful, well-coached team, according to Campbell.

“Their first line is having a lot of success, as is their back hand and their goaltenders are playing well,” he said. “They’re getting a lot of offensive chances from their back end, they’re a young team that’s coached well and they work hard, so we have to be prepared to compete.”

The B’s haven’t played a game since Monday’s 3-2 win over Montreal, and the rest has been helping Campbell, who has had time to recover from his foot fracture.

“It’s better each day,” Campbell said, who’s been practicing since Sunday. “I think broken bones tend to take four weeks to totally heal, but for now it’s not an issue.”

Florida, who is 18-10-6 going into tonight’s game against Ottawa, is on a four-game stretch that started Sunday and will end tomorrow, and Campbell said that should work in his team’s favor.

Head Coach Claude Julien agreed with Campbell, and said that his team was slow out of the gate in the 2-0 loss earlier this season.

“We need to come out a little more aggressive – with a little bit of passion behind it ” Julien said. “And tomorrow, we need to be the fresher team.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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