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Steven Kampfer more comfortable this time around with knee injuries in rear-view mirror 11.12.11 at 12:33 pm ET
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Steven Kampfer will play his third game of the season Saturday. (AP)

Normally when a player returns to the lineup after a long stretch without game action, there’s some sort of an adjustment as far as comfort goes. In Steven Kampfer‘s case, Saturday may be just the opposite.

Kampfer will play for the first time since Oct. 22 when he skates Saturday in place of Andrew Ference, who is dealing with a lower-body injury. The 23-year-old blueliner played two games last month, but was coming off his second knee injury in a matter of months at the time. Now, he’s a month and a half removed from the left knee sprain he suffered on Sept. 29 against the Senators, and as a result, feels more comfortable physically than he did in his October cameo.

“Definitely,” Kampfer said when asked whether he feels better now than when he last played. “I think a couple extra weeks definitely helps. I think it was good to kind of let it heal and get a little bit more comfortable and a little bit more confidence. I think now, being a couple months [after] it, it definitely feels a lot better, and I can tell that on the ice.”

The team’s seventh defenseman, Kampfer has had to use practice to get his speed and other attributes back. He’s also worked with power-skating instructor Besa Tsintsadze. It’s been a process for Kampfer, who injured his right knee at the end of the regular season while playing for Providence, to get back to where he wants to be, but he hopes he’s there now.

“Moving my feet, getting my speed back, the first couple of steps,” Kampfer said of what he’s been working on. “It takes a little bit of time to get back after sustaining a couple knee injuries. … It’s those first two or three steps, your lateral mobility and stuff like that. It feels better now.”

Said coach Claude Julien: “He’s been working hard in practice, and I think this is an opportunity for him now to come into a game and play the way he can. … You’ve got to understand that he hasn’t played in a while, so we can’t put our expectations too high but more, get a solid performance from him and a simple game. That’s all we’re going to need from Kampfer tonight. And then he’ll just work his way in, and feel better I’m sure as we move forward.”

Saturday will be Kampfer’s third game of the season and fourth career game against the Sabres. In three games against Buffalo last year, Kampfer picked up a goal and an assist.

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Steven Kampfer likely to make season debut, David Krejci a game-time decision 10.20.11 at 12:11 pm ET
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David Krejci will be a game-time decision against the Maple Leafs Thursday night, with defenseman Steven Kampfer “likely” to play and Adam McQuaid out, Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the team’s morning skate.

Krejci has been out since injuring his core in last Tuesday’s practice but has returned to skating and practicing with the team this week. If he is to play, he will likely skate on a line with Rich Peverley and either Jordan Caron or Benoit Pouliot. Julien also indicated that lines could be changed if Krejci does not play, but Peverley has centered the third line with Caron and Pouliot at points in practice over the last two days.

Kampfer suffered a left knee sprain in the team’s Sept. 29 preseason game agaisnt the Senators. With the Bruins sending Matt Bartkowski to Providence and McQuaid still out with a neck injury (he did not participate in morning skate), the indication is that Kampfer will play.

“Medically I’m cleared for contact and everything like that,” Kampfer said after the morning skate. “… Obvioiusly it’s [Julien's] call what the deal is for today, but I’m going to prepare as if I’m going to play.”

Should something go wrong with Kampfer during the day, Julien said the Bruins would call someone up from Providence.

Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice, meaning he is expected to get the start against Toronto.

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Steven Kampfer takes contact early, collides with Milan Lucic in first practice back 10.17.11 at 12:58 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer, who is coming off a sprained left knee injury suffered in the preseason, practiced Monday with the expectation that he would begin taking contact the next day. Tuesday came a little early for Kampfer when he and Milan Lucic collided in the final minutes of practice, leaving Kampfer down on the ice for a moments before taking a knee and eventually getting up.

“I guess we were supposed to wait till tomorrow for that,” Kampfer said with a laugh after practice, noting that he was fine following the hit.

Kamper was skating backwards when Lucic turned into him, a hit that neither saw coming and one that at least for a moment provided a bit of a scare to onlookers.

“I actually felt fine getting hit like that, and not expecting it,” Kampfer said. “I guess that kind of eases the mind a little bit, to know that you can get hit and it doesn’t hurt anything.”

If Kamfper were to have been injured in practice, there would be no knee left to injure for the first time. He suffered a right knee injury while playing for Providence late last season and sprained the left knee on Sept. 29 against the Senators. He took the ice this weekend, starting with light skating in circles before returning to practice on Monday.

“I think going through it [with the other knee last season] definitely helps,” Kampfer said. “Obviously this one wasn’t nearly as severe as the last one, so to get back and start skating, you know you’re going to feel the tweaks and pulls and everything like that, so it’s kind of comfortable to get back and start skating.”

Kampfer noted that he did not feel any pain or discomfort when turning, which was his biggest worry heading in. He figures to be a good bet to replace Matt Bartkowski as the team’s seventh defenseman once he does get healthy, though that remains to be seen. RIght now, the second-year defenseman is just happy to be making progress.

“It feels like it’s getting there, so obviously we’ll see in a couple of days when it keeps getting better,” Kampfer said of his knee. “Right now it feels good.”

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Adam McQuaid, Steven Kampfer back at practice; David Krejci still absent at 10:55 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins returned to practice Monday at Ristuccia Arena, with a couple of injured defenseman taking part in the skate. Adam McQuaid, who suffered a head last Wednesday, was back on the ice after missing Saturday’s game. Steven Kampfer is back to skating with the team after suffering a sprained left knee in the Bruins’ Sept. 29 preseason game against the Senators.

David Krejci did not take the ice Monday. He suffered a core injury during last Tuesday’s practice. With Krejci out, Tyler Seguin remains on the first line with Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic.

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Steven Kampfer could begin skating this week 10.10.11 at 12:56 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer has been off the ice since he awkwardly fell following a Sept. 29 hit from Senators defenseman Jared Cowen and sprained his MCL. The team said at the time that he would be out for two to four weeks with the injury, and on Monday Claude Julien said he could begin skating this week.

Julien said there’s a possibility Kampfer could travel with the team to Carolina and Chicago, but that “it will all depend on our medical staff.” Once Kampfer returns, it will be interesting to see if he will become the team’s seventh defenseman or be sent to Providence.

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Steven Kampfer injures left knee, MRI scheduled for Friday 09.29.11 at 10:26 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Steven Kampfer put forth a strong bid to start the season in Boston with his performance Thursday, but it was an injury suffered late in the Bruins’ 2-1 loss to the Senators that may have taken him out of the equation.

Kampfer suffered a left knee injury on a hit from Senators defenseman Jared Cowen. B’s coach Claude Julien said after the game that Kampfer would have an MRI on Friday, and that he had liked what he saw out of the defenseman prior to the injury. Kampfer entered the game competing with Matt Bartkowski for the seventh defense spot.

“They’re both pretty good,” Julien said. “Actually, I thought Kampfer was having a real good night and skating and moving the puck.”

Kampfer injured his right knee and was on crutches late last season.

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Steven Kampfer OK with being left off the Cup 09.28.11 at 2:45 pm ET
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Three games, or even one game, is how close Steven Kampfer came to qualifying for his name to be on the Stanley Cup. With players having to play in either 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup finals game, Kampfer, who played 38 regular season games before becoming the team’s seventh defensemen last season and eventually being injured in Providence prior to the playoffs, ended up on the list of players the B’s had to petition for.

The powers that be heard the Bruins’ case, but unlike Marc Savard (25 games played), Kampfer did not end up getting his name on the trophy.

The second-year defenseman said after Wednesday’s practice that he was initially surprised that he wasn’t on the Cup, but that an explanation from general manager Peter Chiarelli helped.

“At first, yeah, but after talking to Peter, it was kind of understandable why I wasn’t,” Kampfer said of his initial surprise. “The background of only playing a year in the league, and how Savvy got on.

“It’s one of those things where I guess I’ll always be linked with the team here. I was here for three quarters of the year, so I just missed it by three games, but you’re part of the team, you celebrate it with the team, you still get your day with the Cup. It’s something that was exciting, and it gives you that hunger to go win again.”

Kampfer is currently battling to make the Bruins out of camp this year, competing with Matt Bartkowski for the seventh defenseman spot.

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