BOSTON -- Gregory Campbell
, traded to the Boston Bruins with Nathan Horton
over the offseason, and his linemates Shawn Thornton
and Brad Marchand
have added necessary depth to this B's team.
|Washington Capitals center Matt Hendricks (26) and Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11) fight during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Verizon Center in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) |
Thornton, best known for his no-nonsense fist-first play, and agitator Brad Marchand
have proven their effectiveness at throwing off the opposition's offense, but Campbell, says he hopes his line can do throw a little more production into the mix, as well.
"First and foremost, we have to be a responsible line. We can't have turnovers," said Campbell. "We have to be smart and make smart plays, but I think we're not limiting ourselves to being a defensive checking line."
"We're trying things. We're trying things offensively and we're kind of using each others' strengths and it's working so far."
"They seem to set the stage and the tempo for the game," said Coach Julien earlier this week.
"These guys deserve a lot of credit because they're really doing a good job setting the momentum and the pace of the game early on."
Beyond his strong two-way game, Campbell has shown a Thornton-like willingness to drop the gloves and has already confronted Capitals forward Matt Hendricks three times already this season.
When asked about his most recent altercation, he said with a smile, "It's part of the game. There's nothing personal between us.
"Each guy on the line played a different role at different times, so sometimes, I'm going to have to do that."
Campbell, who played on the wing for Florida last season, has performed well as a center for the B's so far this season.
"Sometimes you get into the rhythm," he said of his success if the face-offs (52.5%). "I've been practicing
"And Claude [Julien] has been good about it. He pulls his centers aside after practice and makes sure that we're [working on draws].
"I'm the only left-handed center that we have so a lot of times he puts me out there on my strong side.
"It's an important part of the game and it's an important role that I play."
Although routine, faceoffs can dictate the flow of a game.
"A lot of plays happen off draws, and if we can have the possession right off the draw, then it helps a lot," said Campbell.
So does the atmosphere in the Garden. Campbell, like his fellow former Floridian Nathan Horton
said that the Bruins fans have been tremendous in their early season support.
"Just the atmosphere and the enthusiasm in the crowd and for us to have a game like we did, you know, I think it pleased the fans," he said of Thursday's performance on Causeway street. "It goes a long way for us when the fans are into it.
"It's a huge help for us and it was exciting to play last night."