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Kampfer Ready to Go

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- It was a scary moment when Flyer’s forward Brayden Schenn derailed Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer midway through the first period of Sunday’s game in Philadelphia.

Kampfer, who was playing in his first game since Dec. 14, was slow to get up, but the 23-year-old blueliner played the rest of the game, and during Tuesday’s morning skate he assured the press he was fine.

“I did notice him coming,” Kampfer said. “It’s kind of hard to tell but the puck rolled on me at the last second so I kind of put my head down. I already made up my mind where I was going to go with it, and I saw Kells [Chris Kelly] turning there and I was going to give it him. When the puck bounced up on me, I was kind of like, ‘Well I’m going to get killed so I better brace myself.’ 

“It was a good hit, I didn’t see anything wrong with it – shoulder to chest and that was it.”

For the remainder of the game, Kampfer said that he was eager to get back into the game and contribute.

“At first when I got up I couldn’t breath so I didn’t really know what to think,” Kampfer said. “When you’re sitting there and you can’t breathe after you get hit, it’s definitely a scary moment.

"I told them right away nothing was wrong so I felt fine, and as soon as I was back I felt good. 

“Getting a couple more hits the rest of the game, I kept kind of getting the wind knocked out of me. But the way our team’s playing, rolling back is probably the best option,” he said.

And after the day off yesterday, Kampfer said he is ready to play tonight against Washington.

“You always got to go out there and do a little extra when you have a day off to make sure you’re sharp,” he said. “But I think by the time we show up and game starts tonight we’ll be ready to go.”

---Anthony Gulizia
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