Kampfer had the game-winning goal at 18:46 of the third period in a game that featured five lead changes and 11 goals scored.
“I saw the guy rimming the puck around the wall there. I had a jump on the guy, the forward up on the red line, so I just jumped in. I just tried to get a shot on net, and I was fortunate enough to beat him far-side high,” Kampfer said of his game-winner.
Although his biggest contribution on the score card may have been the Bruins sixth goal of the night and fourth of the third period, Kampfer contributed other intangibles as well.
The rookie call-up laid a hit on Philadelphia veteran Scott Hartnell early in the third period that broke up a Flyers rush and saw both players fall to the ice and slide through the neutral zone.
“I guess that’s just part of the edge, right? Everyone talks about [how] you’ve got to have an edge to your game. I’m not going to lie, I was a little mad that we had the lead at the beginning of the third and we gave it right back,” Kampfer said.
“Personally I thought something needed to change. And, when I saw Hartnell coming down with his head down there, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to step up and put a hit on him, and try and get this crowd back in the game.”
It was a play that not only put the crowd back in the game, but the Bruins, as well.
“It’s impressive. It’s character,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said of the rookie’s physical statement.
Kampfer was recalled on Dec. 9 from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League and Julien has since heralded the 22-year-old as a puck-moving defenseman.
“I think that’s a reason we brought him up. When we had him here at training camp, we thought he moved the puck extremely well,” Julien said.
“He’s a good skater and he does a great job. I think he’s been a great addition for our hockey club because we really lacked that early on in the year and he’s come in and provided us with some of that.”
Kampfer’s puck-moving abilities and ever growing confidence are big reasons why he has been able to contribute to the B’s so quickly.
“I feel, just because a guy doesn’t score goals, as long as he’s moving the puck and carrying it and making plays… our assessment was what we saw when he came to training camp and what he did last year in Providence as well. He moved the puck well and he skated well,” Julien said of the former Michigan Wolverine. “I think right now he’s just doing a great job. He’s confident and he’s skating the puck and moving it well. That’s all we can ask.”
Coach Julien isn’t the only one who’s pleased with Kampfer’s development and contributions; his teammates are also quick to point out the young players poise.
“Obviously we’re very pleased with the way he’s playing and obviously once in a while he makes a mistake,” said Boston’s captain Zdeno Chara
“But overall I think he’s playing way over anybody’s or everybody’s expectations and you know it’s nice to see.”---Hannah Becker