B's Campbell not looking back after return

B's Campbell not looking back after return
September 19, 2013, 11:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Gregory Campbell knows health-related questions are par for the course, especially when returning from a major injury. It's just that he isn't thinking about the past anymore, not when he is so zoned in on the season ahead.

The Bruins center played Thursday night for the first time since sustaining a broken right fibula blocking a shot in the playoffs last season. Following the preseason home game, in which he played 12 minutes, Campbell was asked about the unavoidable topic.  

"It's time to turn the page. Last season is over," Campbell said following the Bruins 8-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. "For me, I have to move on and look being a player that's going to help this year's team. As an athlete, you have to have short-term memory, and so that's what I'm trying to do. I've tried to answer the questions and I know that there's some interest, but for me the most important thing is being ready to play for this season. Things move on and there's 29 teams right now other than us that are looking for a Stanley Cup. That's our goal so that's my goal moving forward."

Campbell said he is adjusting back to the pace of the game. While he believed he could have battled harder, he felt "pretty good" on the ice.

Coach Claude Julien was also pleased with his return.

"I think he skated well tonight," said Julien. "It's his first game back and obviously he has to get the cobwebs out of the way. Unfortunately it wasn't the best outing for the team for him to come back, but he was fine."

Campbell thanked the Bruins faithful for their support during his recovery, noting he plays hard for the fans, the city of Boston, and the organization. With his return now behind him, he is looking forward to looking forward.

"I understand the attention that it [the injury] got, but at some point everybody has to move on and focus on what's really important," he said. "That's winning games this season."