Time and a place to worry about getting a penalty

Time and a place to worry about getting a penalty
May 31, 2013, 1:15 pm
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WILMINGTON -- With all the talk about the Pittsburgh Penguins' power play entering Saturday night's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the focus in Boston throughout the series will be on the Bruins' penalty kill.

With that threat comes the idea that Boston will have to enter the series with a "stay out of the penalty box" mindset.

That's both true and false.

True in the fact that the Bruins know they can't overreact and take stupid penalties after the whistles.

"It's more about playing hard between the whistles," said Bruins forward Greg Campbell after Friday's practice. "You don't want to get caught up in stuff [after the whistles], obviously. In the playoffs, the referees are told to let a lot of things go, but once it starts getting out of hand after the whistles, in scrums and what not, we know as a team that they're taking one of not two guys [to the penalty box]."

But false in the fact that these Bruins can't get away from their bread-and-butter: physicality.

If penalties are called, the Bruins have to kill them off. But during the game, worrying about getting called for those penalties is something they can't get wrapped up in, or they will lighten up and get away from their game.

"Preferably, we'd like to play 5-on-5, but penalties do happen," said Campbell. "And especially when you're playing highly-skilled players that are good 1-on-1, sometimes you take penalties.

"But it's extremely important for us to be physical and to play our game. We can't get away from what's made us successful."