Gregory Campbell plays, hopes his injury’s three months of fame are up
|09.19.13 at 10:33 pm ET|
Gregory Campbell made his preseason debut Thursday, marking the first time he has played competitively since breaking his leg last season in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Campbell wore an ‘A’ for the Bruins centered a line with Daniel Paille and Craig Cunningham in addition to killing penalties. He said following the game that he felt no limitations.
Campbell, like a number of his teammates, isn’t the type to draw attention to himself, and he admitted that while he’s focused on physically and mentally moving on from his famous injury (in case you forgot, he finished his shift on a broken leg), it’s been tougher to do with all the attention he’s gotten for it.
“It’s just time to turn the page,” Campbell said. “Last season’s over, the injury’s over and for me I have to move on and look to being a player that’s going to help this year’s team. As an athlete, you have to have short-term memory, and that’s what I’m trying to do.
“I’m just trying to play my game,” he added. “I understand the attention that it got, but at some point everybody has to move on and focus on what’s important. That’s winning games this season.”
While the veteran center said he didn’t hold anything back because of the injury, he did have a critique of his game in Thursday’s 8-2 loss to the Red Wings, saying he “could have battled a little bit harder.”
On his first shift, Campbell was greeted with a nice ovation from the Garden crowd. That was the nicest the audience would be, as they booed Malcolm Subban and gave Bronx cheers each time he made a save in a four-goal third period.
Nevertheless, the gesture towards Campbell was noticed and appreciated.
“I’m very appreciative of all the support I’ve received from the fans,” he said. “I know that these fans are passionate people and they appreciate hockey. I like to play hard for the fans, the city and the organization, so [after] a long couple of months for me to get back on the ice, it was a nice gesture.”